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#88/Sep '90. The Creamers, The 
Fixtures, Mega City 4, Dead Ends, 
Dandelion Adventure, Maniacs, 
Fiendz, Sludgeworth, Kolaborancji, 
Admiral, Crankshaft, Sleep, MTA, 
Long Cold Stare, 8-Bark, "Iraq's 
Boogey Man." 

#100 pt 1/Sep '91. Ill Repute, Flip- 
per, Nukey Pikes, Necracedia, 
Scherzo, Fitz Of Depression, Ger- 
mbox, Crackhouse, Burn, Engage, 
Commonwealth, Ruth Schwartz, 
Voodoo Love Gods, Eye For An 
Eye, Ne Luumaet, Red London, 
•'Does MRR Suck?", "MRR Bibli- 
ography Pt 1." 

#117/Feb '93. New Bomb Turks, 
Gaunt, Antiseen, Los Crudos, Na- 
ked Angels, Bivouac, Hell No, Sour- 
is Deslinguee, Sour Mash, Oiler, 
Datapanik Records, "Mad Ratts of 
Russia," "MDC in Russia." 

#120/May '93. Jawbreaker, Su- 
percharger, Avail, Luk Haas, 
Cockpit, Sugar Shack, Groovy 
Ghoulies, Lumpin Proletariet, Fo- 
bia Estatal, Negu Gorriak, Dolf of 
Trust fanzine, "British Anti-fas- 
cism". 

#121/June '93. Tilt, Rancid Hell 
Spawn, Lockjaw, Lookout UK. 
Crust, Facepuller, Inflatables, Pos- 
itive Greed, No Joke, "Emo Boy's 
Guide to Thrift Shopping." 

#122/July '93. Sparkmarker, Grey 
Spikes, Smear, Desert Culture!, 
Rhythm Collision, Subterranean 
Records, Schwartzeneggar, Veloc- 
ity Girl, Pleum, Pilgrims, House 
Of Faith. 

#123/Aug '93. Lungfish, Ego, 
Plainfield, Quincy Punx, The Hid- 
den, Bombs For Whitey, False Sac- 
rament, Green Popsickle, Mer- 
sault, "Engagement Agreement". 

#125/Oct '93. Chaos UK, Not So 
Happy, StandCo, C.D.F.L., Bap, 
Disco Biscuit, Malachi Krunch, 
Blindfold, Peter Bagge of Hate 
comics. 

#126/Nov '93. The Gears, Teen- 
generate, Voodoo Glow Skulls, 
Sinister Six, Sad Pygmy, Moving 
Targets, Indian-® narchy, Destroy 
TV, Ayn Imperato, Bucky Sinis- 
ter, Dave McCord. 

#128/Jan '94. Les Thugs, Face 
Value, Policy Of 3, Horsey, Small, 
Strain, All You Can Eat, "Drug 
Maelstrom." 



#130/Mar '94. Wretched Ones, Gob, 
Tar, The Meteors, Spiral Objective, 
Zip Gun, Borax, New Bomb Turks, 
Harriet The Spy, ABC No Rio, San- 
dow Birk. 

#132/May '94. The Freeze, UXA, 
Brainstorm, Stand Up, Parasites, 
Spore, Whatever, Spud Jones, "3 
Strikes." 

#134/July '94. All-Japan issue with: 
H.G. Fact, Senseless Apocalypse, 
Out Of Touch, Jack With Killer, Mr. 
Eimori, Lefty, Copass Grinderz, 
Side Order, Rabia, Volume Dealers, 
Def Master, The Fringe, The Be- 
yonds, Iconoclast, Death Side, Gods 
Guts, Thunderbolt, Japanese BY- 
OFL. 

#135/August '94. Impatient Youth, 
Screaming Bloody Marys, Carbu- 
rator Dung, Timescape Zero, West- 
world, Mouthpiece, The Makers, 
The Monitors, "Punks In The Mili- 
tary". 

#142/Mar 95. Demolition Doll 
Rods, Seizure Boy, Oblivians, Bun- 
ny Brains, Suspects, Guzzard, Doc- 
tors, Notoken, Mouth full, Hellbend- 
er. 

#143/Apr '95. Vindictives, Stink- 
erbell, Jesus Christ Super Fly, New 
Day, Registrators, Youth Brigade, 
Pit, "True Crime", "Roots of Punk- 
-The Northwest Sound". 



#145/June '95. Conflict, No Empa- 
thy, Tina Age 13, Screw 32, The 
Harries, The Rejects, Bob Cutler, 
Badger, The "Roots Of Punk-MC5", 
"The Cartoons of Ted Rail". 

#146/July '95. Riverdales, Head, 
Bristles. Aut Aut, Schleprock, Span- 
akorzo, Y.A.P.O., 10-96, McRack- 
ins, Empress Of Fur, Underhand, 
Nailed Down. 

#147/Aug '95. Swingin' Utters, Das 
Klown, Mickey & the Big Mouths, 
Norman Mayer Group, Overbass, 
Undesirables, Respect, Nothing Of 
Merit, Lunkhead, The "Roots Of 
Punk-The Stooges". 

#148/Sept '95. Adversives, Thorazine, 
Toe Rag Studios, Scott Radinsky, 
Wizo, Bollocks, Shitworkers, Opposi- 
tion Party, Moody Jackson, Opcion 
Crucial, Rebel Rebel, Teen Idols, Soda 
Jerks, Walking Ruins, "RootsOfPunk- 
-The Sixties Pt 1". 



#149/Oct '95. Manic Hispanic, Pet 
UFO, Campus Tramps, Joe Kidd, Bad 
Luck Streak, Chumpslap, The Hump- 
ers, No Violence, Diferentes Actitudes 
Juveniles, Richard The Roadie, "Roots 
Of Punk-The Sixties Pt 2". 

#150/Nov '95. NY Loose, Snap-Her, 
Sick Boys, Splatterheads, Pipe, 
Pregnant Man, Final Conflict, Raw- 
ness, Stink, Goblins, Smellie Fin- 
gers, "Roots Of Punk-The Essen- 
tial 1950s". 

#151 pt 1/ Dec '95. Padded Cell, 
Pleasure Fuckers, Supersnazz, Dis- 
cordance Axis, Beatnik Termites, 
100,000 Bodybags, Squirtgun, Di- 
aboliks, The Titans, "The Return 
Of The Misfits". 

#151 pt2/Dec '95.TheLowdowns, 
My White Bread Mom, Queen B's, 
Electric Frankenstein, Turtlehead, 
Serpico, Trick Babys, In/Humanity, 
The Stains, Varukers, The Pist, Ter- 
rible Virtue, "The Hardcore Films 
Of Richard Kern". 

#152/Jan '96. Assfort, Turbonegro, 
Junior, Compound Fracture, Mur- 
der Junkies, Bottomfeeders, Battal- 
ion Of Saints, Heartbreakers, Flori- 
da Scum Pit. 

#153/Feb '96. Snort, Hatchetface, 
Little Ugly Girls, A.D.Z., Oxymo- 
ron, N.O.T.A., Stun Guns, Surfin' 
Turnips, Gutfiddle, Karen Monster, 
Dimestore Haloes, "Uncle Sam & 
The Swastika".. 

#154/Mar '96. The Motards, Sub- 
incision, Stisism, The Donnas, The 
Stallions, Count Backwurds, 
Crunch, Final Warning, "Roots of 
Punk-Instrumental R'n'R", "Roots 
of Punk— The Damned". 

#155/Apr '96. Third Degree, Pussy 
Crush, Surfin' Turnips, Sickoids, 
Anti-Flag, Slight Slappers, High 
Plains Drifters, Cro-Mags, Hockey 
Teeth, "The Knights Of Malta". 

#156 pt 1/May '96. Public Toys, 
Crunch, Peter & The Test Tube Ba- 
bies, Nails Of Hawaiian, Splash 4, 
Yawp!, Lifetime, Sickoids, "Roots 
of Punk-Boston". 

#156 pt 2/May '96. Australian Spe- 
cial: Beanflipper, Melancholy, Blitz 
Babiez, Crank, SubRosa, Mindsnare, 
TMT, H-Block, B-Sides, Fallout, 
Frenzal Rhomb, Lawnsmell, One 
Inch Punch, Chickenshit, No Deal, 
Issue 1, Clint Walker. 



#157/June "96. Against All Au- 
thority, The Criminals, Wardance, 
Heroines, Brain Bats, Rudiments, 
Chinese Millionaires, Sons Of 
Hercules, Your Mother, Yellow 
Scab, "Roots of Punk-Sham 69". 

#158/July '96. Workin' Stiffs, The 
Gain, Ashley Von Hurter & The 
Haters, The Process, Brother Infe- 
rior, Judge Nothing, Breakups, Not 
For Rent, "Roots of Punk-The 
Buzzcocks" 

#159/Aug '96. The Smugglers, 
Brand New Unit, Tone Deaf Pig- 
dogs, Round Ear Spocks, David 
Hayes of Too Many Records, Man 
Afraid, Blind Side, Vox Populi, 
Death Wish Kids, Fun People, Fat 
Drunk & Stupid, "Roots of Punk- 
-The Dickies". 

#160/Sept '96. The Automatics, Boy- 
cot, Toast, Morning Shakes,The Mor- 
mons, John Q Public, Sex Offend- 
ers, Ballgagger, The Business, Apoc- 
alypse Babys, Good Riddance, Rus- 
sia update, "Roots of Punk-Eater". 

#161/Oct '96. Jet Bumpers, Steel 
Miners, Divisia 

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Drido, 
Red #9, 
Nothing 
Cool, 
Gob, Sink, 
Sires, 
Newtow 
Grunts, 
"Roots of 
Pu n k- - 
Ohio 77". 




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MA 77 AVERAGE 



RAIN ON THE PARADE-EP/LINE OF FIRE-EP 
WORKIN' STIFFS-EP & live/INFEST-CD/MINE-LP 
ABANDONNED-CD/GAIA-LP/UPFRONT-EP 
CIRCLE STORM-EP/DEATH WISH KIDS-EP 
TEMPLARS/GLORY STOMPERS-split LP 



ROB COONS 



STAPLED SHUT-Fiels Of Green-EP 
INFEST-Still Fighting-CD/GAUZE-CD 
FORCED EXPRESSION/AVULSION-split EP 
ASSFORT-Bark Up The Wrong Tree-EP 
V/A-Una De Gato-2xEP/GAIA-This One-LP 



PAUL CURRAN 



SCARED OF CHAKA-LP & live 

SERVOTRON-Red Robot-EP 

THE SQUARES-Trapped In A Square-LP 

NO-TALENTS-LP 

THE DRAGS-Conspiracy-45 



DR. DANTE 



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DAMNATION A.D.-107ASSFORT-EP/U.S. BOMBS-live 
V/A-No Fate Vol 2-2xCD//MIDDLE CLASS-EP 
UNBROKEN-45/REMISSION-LP/ULCER-LP 
STAPLED SHUT-EP/HOMOMILITIA-LP/ 
FORCED EXPRES SION/AVULSION-split EP 

MINE-Tetanus-LP 

HOMOMIUTIA-Twoje Cialo-LP 

DEATH WISH KIDS-There's Nothing In School-EP 

V/A-No Fate Vol 2-2xCD 

V/A-Call It Whatever You Want-CD 

SPACE COOKIE-Come On Down-EP 
1-4-5'S-Rocklnvasion-LP 
GOOD FOR YOU-live 
SAKE-UnderMySkin-10" 
Cometbus-#35-zine 



V/A-Chloroform-LP/THE DRAGS-EP 


DUMMIES-LP/MEATMEN-VMLive-EP 


VULCANEERS-Beat Me Off, Scotty-LP 


THE DRAGS/PEECHEES-split EP 


SCARED OF CHAKA-LP/SPACESHITS-2xEP 


MOUNT MCKINLEYS/STEELMINERS-split EP 


OBLIVIANS-Kick Your Ass-EP/RETARDOS-live 


COCKSCRATCH-Random Shot-EP 


RON HAYDOCK-Sounds Like...-EP 


DEMONICS-Devil Baby-EP 


LALI DONOVAN 


THE DRAGS/PEECHEES-split EP 


THE DRAGS-Conspiracy-45 


Genetic Disorder-#14-zine 


NO-TALENTS-LP/THE DUMMIES-LP 


OBLIVIANS-Kick Your Ass-EP 


RECLUSIVES-Outta My Face-EP 


BOOZERS-Big Ass Garage Sale-LP 


MIDDLE CLASS-You Dig Your Own Grave-EP 


SUBMACHINE-ThatHurt-10" 


SCARED OF CHAKA-LP 


KARIN GEMBUS 


DEATH WISH KIDS-There's Nothing-EP 


MINE-Tetanus-LP 


THREE STUDIES..../COLEMAN-split LP 


NO CLASS/CEASE & DESIST-split EP 


PALATKA/SEEIN' RED-live at Gilman 


YOUNG PIONEERS-Employers Blacklist-45 


ASSHOLE PARADE/ANSOJUAN-split EP 


TRANS MEGETTI-Rent A Rocket-EP 


THE VSS-Response-EP 


SAKE-UnderMySkin-10" 



CAROLYN KEDDY 



THE DUMMIES-LP/V/A-Killed By Death Vol 16-LP 
OBLIVIANS-Kick My Ass-EP/COCKSCRATCH-EP 
NO-TALENTS-LP/VULCANEERS-LP 
TV KILLERS-Adrenalin Fix-LP 
HAVOCS-Hit Songs For Bowlers-EP 



RAY LUJAN 



NERF HERDER-CD/LIVING DAYLIGHTS-Kids...-45 BUGLITE-Love And Other Sorrows-CD 

BETTY'S LOVE CHILD-CD/ONE GOOD EYE-CD A.Y.A.-Gets Phat N' Stoopid-EP 

WORKIN' STIFFS-Sledgehammer-EP INVALIDS-Out Of My Head-CD 

L.E.S. STITCHES-Could Just Die-45/RECLUSIVES-EP GRUMPIES-Like Any Other Day-EP 

| DIESEL BOY-Cock Rock-LP/NO-TALENT-LP LIFETIME-The Boy's No Good-45 



RON HAYDOCK-Sounds Like...-EP 
BLOOD FILLOAS/FROGGER-split EP 
SPACESHITS-Full Fisted Action-2xEP 
V/A-Radio Disappears-EP 
DEATH WISH KIDS-There's Nothing...-EP 



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Please send us your records (2 copies of vinyl, if pos- 
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ASSHOLE PARADE/ANSOJUAN-split EP CRIPPLE BASTARDS-Your Lies-CD/ASSFORT-I 

DAMNATION A.D.-Misercordia-107ATOMKINDER-EP DEATH WISH KIDS-There's Nothing-EP/GAIA-LP 
FORCED EXPRESSION/AVULSION-split EP HOMOMILITIA-Twoje Cialo-LP/MINE-LP/GAUZE-CD 

JENIGER/EBOLA-split EP/INFEST-CD/ULCER-LP MIDDLE CLASS-You Dug Your Own Grave-EP 
SPEEDY HUFFLER KINGS-He Doesn't-EP V/A-Bacteria Sour-EP/V/A-No Fate Vol 2-2xCD 



FULLY LOADED-Skinheads 4-Ever-LP 
TEMPLARS/GLORY STOMPERS-split 12' 
BLITZ-Complete Singles-LP/U.S. BOMBS-live. 
DRUNKEN NUNS-Furto-EP/REDUCERS-live 
PUBLIC NUISANCE-Cheap Sex & Booze-EP 



BRUCE ROEHRS 



WORKIN' STIFFS-Sledgehammer-EP & live 
AFFRONT-Punk 4 Sale-EP/SUBMACHINE-10" 
ANTISEEN/RANCID VAT-split EP/STITCHES-live 
LOWER CLASS BRATS-A Wrench In The Gear-EP 
OXYMORON-Crisis Identity-EP/RIOT SQUAD-LP 



KEN SANDERSON 



SCARED OF CHAKA-LP/WARHEAD-EP DAMNATION A.D.-1 0" 

ASSFORT-Bark Up The Wrong Tree-EP GAIA-This One-LP/HOMOMILITIA-LP 

V/A-Bacteria Sour-EP/OBLIVIANS-Kick Your Ass-EP V/A-Chloroform-LP/O.A.C.-EP 

Sake-Under My Skin-107ATOMKINDER-EP V/A-No Fate Vol 2-2xCD 

CLUSTER BOMB UNIT-EP/STAPLED SHUT-EP NO FRAUD-live/THREE STUDIES..../COLEMAN-split LP 



JON VON 



THE QUEERS-Don't Back Down-LP 

V/A-Chloroform-LP 

TV KILLERS-Adrenalin Fix-LP 

NO-TALENTS-LP 

AGGRAVATORS-Stuck In The '80s-EP 



TIM YOHANNAN 



V/A-No Beer Left-EP/AFFRONT-Punk 4 Sale-EP 
V/A-1996 Punk Rock'n'Roll Horrowshow-10" 
CONSEILLERS TECHNIQUES-LP 
NO-TALENTS-LP/TV KILLERS-LP 
SPEEDY HUFFLER KINGS-EP/RECLUSIVES-EP 



REMA YOUNG 



THE BOOZERS-Big Ass Garage Sale-LP 
RECLUSIVES-Outta My Face-EP 
QUADRAJETS-Alabama Hip Shake-LP 
THE DRAGS-Conspiracy-45 
SPACESHITS-Full Fisted Action-2xEP 



THE RECLUSIVES-Outta My Face-EP 

GRACE-Jap-EP 

DEMONICS-Super Bee-45 

COCK SCRATCH-Random Shot-EP 

PANSY DIVISION-For Those About To Suck 

V/A-lt Comes From The East-LP 
V/A-Regresso A Samoa-EP/OBLIVIANS-EP 
V/A-Chloroform-LP/THE DRAGS-EP 
MIDDLE CLASS-You Dig Your Own Grave-EP 
SPACESHITS-Full Fisted Action-2xEP 

AGGRAVATORS-Stuck In The '80s-LP 
SPIDER BABIES-Dragging Me Down-EP 
ANTISEEN/RANCID VAT-split EP 
SUBMACHINE-Ten Inches That Hurt-10" 
DEMONICS-Spider Bee-45 



ZINE SHITWORKERS 



SMELLY MUSTAFA 


WHITE TRASH DEBUTANTES-Rudolph-EP 


ANTISEEN/RANCID VAT-split EP 


JOHN SMITH/BOSSK-split EP 


O.A.C.-Duck Youth-EP 


KEPONE/PEGBOY-split EP 


LES TURDZ-Beer Is My Co=pilot-EP 


PANSY DIVISION-For Those About To Suck Cock-EP UNBROKEN-Absentee Debate-EP 


ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE-Best OL.-LP 


ULCER-lndignation-LP 



JEFF RANDOM 


NO-TALENTS-LP 


TV KILLERS-Adrenalin Fix-LP 


MIDDLE CLASS-You Dig Your Own Grave-EP 


VOX POP-Live At KPFK-LP 


THE DUMMIES-LP 


THE SQUARES-Trapped In A Square-LP 


THE DRAGS-Conspiracy-45 


SPACESHITS-Fullfisted Action-2xEP 


BOOZERS-Big Ass Garage Sale-LP 


MOUNT MCKINLEYS/STEELMINERS-split EP 



Matt Average 


Brady Baltezore 


Michelle Barnhardt 


Jerry Booth 


Enrico Cadena 


Chris Charla 


Mel Cheplowitz 


Rob Coons 


Erin Cullen 


Mikel Delgado 


Lali Donovan 


Carl Elvers 


Jodi Feldman 


Gardner Fusuhara 


Brian Gathy 


Karin Gembus 


Katja Gussmann 


Lance Hahn 


Harald Hartmann 


Chris Harvey 


Jeff Heermann 


Jane Hex 


Tom Hopkins 


Jenn Hyman 


George Impulse 


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MP-11 BUGUTE "Sorry to Disappoint You" < Penna. pop 
MP-10 JCCC "Victoria's Secret Sauce" < their best EP 
MP-09 SCRATCH B0NG0WAX "Dogpile on Liz" < garage) goof 
MP-08 THE CONNIE DUNGS "I Hate This Town!" < snot pop 
MP-07 UNDERHAND "Under a Glass" < still their best, I think 
MP-06 EVERREADY "County Transit SystemV power pop-punk 
MP-05 THE AUTOMATICS "All the Kids Just Wanna Dance" 
MP-04 STINK "I Don't Want Anything That You've Got" 
MP-03 BORIS is temporarily out of print... 
MP-02 ROUND NINE self-titled EP < early East Bay ska-punk 
MP-01 UNDERHAND "Desire" < newly repressed in new PS! 
MP-703 THE PULLOUTS "A lot of Power Tool..." reissue 
MP-702 JCCC "Punk Explosion!" reissue < noisey! good! 
MP-701 EVERREADY "Kalifornia" reissue < ultra catchy songs 

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AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL "The Existentialist Blues" 
AUTOMATICS, THE "In Disguise..." <the 2nd Er 
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BORIS THE SPRINKLER split w/SONIC DOLLS 
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you say 
that 
v e n 
though you sell 
your mag through 
Tower, Borders, 
and Barnes and-Nobles you don't really want 
people to buy it there? And then you act 
surprised when people call you hypocrites for 
slamming corporate society and then operat- 
ing within its system? All right. I can accept 
that because plenty of indie labels sell records/ 
CDs through Tower and still maintain their 
credibility. Most punks, however, do not shop 
at Tower. I for one don't buy anything there 
because the prices are too high, which brings 
me to my point. If you don't want people to buy 
your product at Tower, charge them more or 
better yet lower your subscription rates. Why 
should anybody go out of their way to get 
MRR at a local an indie store if if s easierto get 
and the same price as at Tower? Why should 
anyone get a subscription for $3 an issue if 
they can buy it at Tower for $2? Lower sub- 
scription rates or increase the price you charge 
Tower. 

Now I have a few general beefs I need 
to get off my chest and MRR is as good a 
place as any to do it. 

1 . 1 hate it when people write letters to 
you and go on about how many years they've 
been in the "scene". It is about time that we put 
an end to this punk pecking order. Age and 
time does not deserve respect, ideas and 
effort do. 

2. My take on the Sex Pistols reunion. 
So he said he's only doing it forthe money, so 
what? Why did most old punk bands get back 
together when punk hit it big? At least he's 
honest. He always was an arrogant SOB 
anyway, just read his autobiography. (I saw 
the Buzzcocks reunion and encourage all 
others who missed them the first time around 
to do so also.) 

3. 1 recently read somewhere (maybe 
MRR, I don't know) about Johnny Cooper 
Clarke being the ultimate punk rock come- 
dian. I disagree and have my own comedian 
to nominate, Gallagher. I know what you're 
thinking, he's a hippy, he's famous, he does 
arena shows, not punk at all. But let me ask 
you this, "Who else smashes shit up like 
Gallagher?" Nobody, that's who. 

4. Why do so many punks have such 
narrow musical tastes? If punk is truly a 
continuation of pre-Beatles rock & roll as so 
many claim, why don't they listen to any of it? 
The best R&R ever made is not called punk. 
Any punk who is not at least familiar with rock 
pioneers like Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, 
Gene Vincent, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley 
or surf gods like The Lively Ones, The Centu- 
rions, and Dave Meyers, knows very little 
about the music they are actually listening to. 
Punk did not spontaneously generate, it was 
the product of decades of evolution. 

I'd also just like to say congrats on a 
great read, maybe the best fortwo bucks, and 
keep upthe good work Rev. Norb and George 
Tabb, the two best columnists in punk journal- 
ism. 



I have no fear of hate mail and retribu- 
tion and therefore can be reached at: Kevin 
Smith/ 1703 Baldwin PI/ Ann Arbor, Ml 48104/ 
kevinas@umich.edu 

Uh, Kevin, 

I guess I'd better try to correct a few 
misconceptions. As far as I know, MRR is not 
sold in any chains except for Tower and Bor- 
ders. I have explained why before, butwilldoso 
again. Tower has been distributing MRR since 
issue #1, back when zines were not 'cool' and 
certainly weren't money-makers for Tower or 
anybody else for that matter. Because of Doug 
Biggart, Tower took not only bigger zines like 
MRR, but took all kinds and sizes. I feel that 
Tower's willingness to distribute zines in the 
early '80s precludes my dropping them now just 
because other chains think it's hip and profit- 
able today. 

The only other chain that I've given the 
OK to for selling MRR is Borders. It is an 
experiment that remains inconclusive. I want to 
support the mom & pop stores that helped keep 
punk alive forso long, and haven't let chains like 
Barnes & Nobles (that aggressively underprice 
to put local shops out of business) carry MRR. 
But Borders doesn't (as far as I have been able 
to discern) take tha t approach. No small record/ 
book stores have complained since we gave 
the OK, but I am still not really comfortable with 
this arrangement. We refused to put bar codes 
on the magsand won't pay for chains to puttheir 
own on, but if a chain gets the mag from some 
distributor and codes them themselves, I won't 
knowaboutit until somebody writes in, and then 
I ha ve to try to find out what that chain's pricing 
policies are about before making some kind of 
decision. 

One last fact: the $3 we charge for MRR 
through the mail... here's why. The cost of 
production per issue is about 600. The cost of 
postage is $2.39. The cost for the manila enve- 
lope is 150. So, we actually lose money when 
we charge $3. If we were to charge $2, we'd 
eventually go out of business. The only good 
thing for subscribers is that they get their copies 
1-2 weeks earlier than other people getting it 
from stores. Oh, those copies of MRR that we 
sell through stores, we end up getting about 20- 
400 profit per copy, I think. Tim 



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Dear MRR: 

In response to "Veracitor"'s 
column in issue #1 58: it seems that 

\ y the number of Epitaph ads in my 

zine, Enema, inspired him to write an 
open letter to zine editors. I appreciate what V- 
man has to say, it needs to be said, cuz Epitaph 
is, to put it simply, pretty lame and they shouldn't 
have such a loud voice in the punk scene. (Any 
label who can make the New Bomb Turks 
sound like the Rolling Stones should be de- 
stroyed). But maybe V-man should go back to 
my zine, page 13, where I explain why the ad 
situation is like it is. Epitaph consistently sent in 
all of their CDs for all of their records with nice 
$50 checks. Very few others did. And seeing as 
how I'm doing way too much for my own good 
here in Reno (Sticker Guy, 702 Records, En- 
ema, shows, etc.) I don't have time to hunt for 
advertisers. My zine is all over this town and the 
rates are cheap. You would think that the local 



businesses would make an effort to get their 
ads in to me. I got no time to hound them to 
send ads in. 

Myself, I'd rather see a zine come out 
that's full of Epitaph ads than not see it at all. 
That's what this all boils down to. If I had labels 
begging me for ad space (like MRR), I'd surely 
choose the smaller indies over Epitaph. 

I have to thank Delgado for the favor- 
able review of Enema #5, but I have to say 
something about the "apparent dreariness of 
Reno" comment. This town has if s problems, 
but I think it's ten times betterthan whiners like 
Bob Conrad would have you believe. There is 
a scene here, with good bands of all styles. 
We got Food Not Bombs, we got a cool record 
store, and a whole bunch of great kids with a 
lot of heart. Not to mention, the mountains are 
fucking beautiful. Come check it out some- 
time. 
Pete Menchetti/ PO Box 204/ Reno, NV 89504 

y^k MRR, 
^L^W Hi, you listed my zine Hum- 

^^r drum as free but ifs 2 stamps. 
^^^r I've also moved so my new address 
is below. Please print this up so people 
can order the zine that you said was "goofy 
stuff." Interviews w/ George Tabb & FYP. 
Brian Denton/ 1 1 874 Island Lakes Lane/ Boca 
Raton, FL 33498 

^M^ Final Blacklist note: 
4^Pjt If anybody's interested, here's 
W * ^pwhat ultimately happened with 
^X^^ Blacklist. With the immensely ap- 
preciated assistance/ contributions 
from MRR, Mordam, Lookout, and Alternative 
Tentacles, along with the smaller, but equally 
as important, individual contributions/dona 
tions from many other wonderful people, we 
were able to pay everyone that we owed 
money to. We will be closing our account Dec. 
31, 1996, so anyone still with credit slips or 
questions, please submit them as soon as 
possible. We no longer have a phone but our 
address remains the same. The immediate 
and gladly given generosity was quite inspir- 
ing, and hopefully the spirit of cooperation will 
only get stronger. 

Brian Edge/Leah Urbano/ Blacklist Mailorder/ 
475 Valencia/ San Francisco, CA 94103 

MRR, 

You want to know about 
the scene in different places? Well 
I'm here to tell you about the 
scene in Temecula, California. There 
is no scene] I ! I Temecula, the town in which 
I have lived in for eleven horrid years, is full of 
Jock Rockers, poseurs, and ska core chicks 
(Ska-core being a term for the MTV genera- 
tion girls who think they'll be cool if they dress 
like the people they see in Seventeen maga- 
zine and whose favorite bands are Rancid 
and No Doubt.) My friends (Heaven forbid!!) 
have pierced noses and lips, have "strange" 
hair and wear dog collars so we're labeled 
freaks and sluts and according to all the Jock 
Rockers we sleep with each other in cat blood 
Because we don't listen to Green Day and the 
Offspring we don't know what "real" punk is 
Could someone please come out here and tell 





these people that 
punk is a state of 
mind, not justatype 
of music on MTV? 
I have an ex- 
ample of how bad 
Temecula is. A 
football player 
friend of mine was jumped by his teammates 
because he listened to the wrong punk music 
(old school punk) and hung out with "sluts" 
like me and my best friend. Some other mem- 
bers of the TVHS "we are punk rock" football 
team want to kick another one of my friend's 
ass because he "looks gay." (Homophobic 
assholes.) 

don't understand the people here. 
There's one girl who wears a tight white tank 
top and under wears a black bra with sequins 
on the straps. Now all she has to do is change 
her name to Gwen (if she hasn't already), 
start a ska band, get on MTV and she'll be set. 
Then there's a guy who was wearing "gangsta" 
clothes last month, yesterday had a punk 
band and today he has a ska band. He says 
it has nothing to do with trends though and of 
course I believe him. I'm also a six armed frog 
man. 

Now I'll admit that I had to get turned 
on to punk but I'm not going to get turned off 
as soon as it's not "cool" anymore because to 
me if s not a trend. 

If you're a punk stay away from 
Temecula, California. 

Shasta Phillips/ 40068 Daily Road/ Fallbrook, 
CA 92028 



** Dear MRR and readers, 

I know you're sick of hear- 
2__ ing it. So am I. But it needs to be 
said, punk rock music is a soon-to- 
be decaying corpse in the eyes of mainstream 
mega-media. Yipee! The war is over and we 
lost. 

With all the anti-corporate rock bitching 
that we've done, punk still sold out or got sold 
out which ever way you look at it. Green Day 
made millions, Rancid became famous and 
punk became hip and trendy. But these days 
are all but gone. So what are we going to do 
about it? 

Is punk rock going to go the way of 
metal and become the outlet for a continually 
slimming number of fans stuck in remem- 
brance of Punk's heyday? Will it die out all 
together and only be recollected when "Hits of 
the 90's" comes out in a decade or so with The 
Offspring on the lead track? Or will it go back 
to a strong underground as we all hope it will? 

I hope Punk rock music and fanzines 
remain intact and active in the upcoming 
decade, but I am weary that it will fail. Will I 
even be listening to Screeching Weasel and 
Nostrilsauras in the next millennium or will it 
be just another stage in my life that I will look 
back upon with a quaint smile on my face 
when I'm old and dying? 

I don't know. All I do know is I hope that 
the death of a trend is not the death of this 
underground music scene. Let the posers 
and the hipsters run off to the next big thing 
and leave us be. Now is the time to fortify punk 
rock against the whims of mainstream and 



lash out against it. 

Support your scene, educate yourself, 
start a zine or promote some shows. We'll get 
through this yet. I just hope that punk can 
maintain at least its core infrastructure and then 
next time Atlantic Records or MTV take a liking 
to punk we'll be strong enough to weather that 
storm too. 

Sancho Panza/ 53 Hudson Ave./ Grafton, MA 
01519 

P.S. One final note, in MRR issue #1 58 
there was a few minor mistakes made in the 
review of my zine. First off, the name is "Razor 
Blades In Halloween Candy" not "Razor 
Blades...". The address is Grafton, MA not 
Grafton, OH. And lastly it was forgotten to be 
mentioned that I also accept trades. Nothing 
big, I know you guys got piles of work to do and 
typos happen. Any submissions are wanted 
and appreciated. Thank you. 

Sancho, 

Punk was around a long time before Green 
Day, Rancid, or even Screeching Weasle. If the 
corporations are tiring of punk, great. The big 
question is, can we make it what it was before 
minor corporate interest turned half the labels 
into baby Geffens, and turned (it seems) every 
possible varient of punk culture against one 
another? That remains to be seen, but I, for one, 
am optimistic. Maybe we've lost a generation 
who see punk as nothing more than fashion, 
and mistake sarcastically saying "you're so 
punk" to anyone with political views as having 
politics themselves, but I hope the next genera- 
tion of punks will be able to transcend all that 
bullshit. In the meantime, it's easy to see which 
bands, promoters, labels and zines stayed true 
to their ideals and which did their damndest to 
make as much money as possible. Chris. 

©To those who might care, 
This is not an attack on 
MRR, or anyoneelseforthat matter. 
I would just like to ask anyone who 
may be interested to look through the 
last 3 or 4 MRR's and count how many girls they 
see, either on ads for distros or on record 
covers, that don't seem to be serving any other 
purpose other than being attractive and draw- 
ing attention. I'm not trying to be uptight or 
anything, I like to look at good looking girls too. 
But, if I want to look at attractive women, I'm not 
going to run out and buy a copy of MRR. Tits 
and ass have nothing to do with punk music. 
How can we expect guys to take girls seriously 
if one of the biggest punk zines looks like a 
preteen masturbation tool. I'm not telling any- 
one that it is "wrong", but it certainly is counter- 
productive. I have absolutely no problems with 
nudity, sexuality, erotic behavior or preteen 
masturbation. I just think that women shouldn't 
be used as a marketing gimmick. I think we see 
too much of it from the mainstream already. The 
next thing you know, they will be using barely 
dressed punk girls on billboards holding a 40 oz 
of Red Bull or something. I would hate to see it 
come to that. With only good intentions, 
Charlene D. 



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Dear MRR & readers, 

The purpose of this letter is 
mainly to address the 'show-goers' 






in Albuquerque, New Mexico - but I know this 
city is not alone in the problem I'd like to talk 
about. 

I am not a native New Mexican, and 
am used to how things are on the east coast 
- and I have to say that the Albuquerque scene 
is one of the most (unnecessarily) violent I 
have ever seen. I started to notice that at 
almost every show that I went to (under or 
over 21) there was a fight (or two) for what 
appeared to be for no other reason than 
clashing egos and building testosterone. This 
ridiculous trend bothered me, but it didn't 
really hit home until last night when my cousin 
got jumped by racist skins at the Voodoo 
Glowskulls/Youth Brigade show. 

Apparently, some fat-ass skin decided 
he was going to start in on my cousin - for no 
visible reason, other than that my cousin was 
alone and significantly smaller - when the rest 
of his mindless herd started to help him out, 
leaving my cousin with a black eye and a 
concussion. This of course enraged me, es- 
pecially because I didn't even find out that it 
had happened until after the show. I come 
from a scene (Pittsburgh) where this kind of 
senseless violence is not tolerated, especially 
by skins. Skins are ostracized, intimidated 
and otherwise made it known to them that they 
are not welcome at shows etc... And this 
happened because of their reputation for look- 
ing for fights with any reason that seemed 
reason enough for them. And I am fuckin' 
proud to say that I have never been to a show 
in Pittsburgh where I had to watch my ass, or 
take care of a friend who had been chosen for 
the evening's victim. 

Unfortunately, my cousin isn't the only 
person I've encountered in this city with a 
story to tell of how they got jumped by skins at 
a show. Getting your ass kicked isn't a risk you 
should have to take just to go hang with your 
friends, meet new people, and hear good 
music. 

So basically, if there are other Albu- 
querque 'show-goers' who are fed up with 
violence at the shows (and I know there are) 
please do your part to keep the assholes out 
by making it collectively known that we won't 
tolerate this shit - and remember, being friends 
with a racist makes you just as much of an 
asshole by making them think their views are 
o.k. thanks for hearing me out, 
Nora/ Albuquerque 

^^^^ Dear MRR or whoever, 

^^fl Somethingthatpissesme 

^^^P off: I'm getting tired of all these 
^^^people setting up checklists for how 
someone has to be or where they should 
be from or what they should have been through. 
It seems like everywhere I go I see people 
using these as an excuse to not look at them- 
selves. Like sportos (jocks, whatever) think- 
ing that a person has to have muscles coming 
out his ass - and has to be able to say all the 
right things at the right time - and has to always 
have some accessory, like a girl that he doesn't 
even know or a car or cool shoes. 

Like my parents saying I have to smile 
at them every time I walk in the door- orsaying 
I have to act a certain way in school - or get 
certain grades - or kiss up to a certain teacher. 




Like cops and poli- 
ticians and minis- 
ters and teachers 
and celebrities say- 
ing that I have to 
dress a certain way 
- and obey stupid 
rules I have no con- 
trol over - and that I can't do certain things to 
my body (this goes double for girls) - and that 
I can't sit in certain places - and can't say 
certain words - or burn certain pieces of cloth. 
try to ignore (but learn from) all 
these stupid checklists as much as I can and 
try to do as much as I can to make sure other 
people don't form their own checklists and 
that I don't form my own. But the one checklist 
I can't seem to ignore is because its been 
shoved in my face everywhere I go is this 
goddamn "punk rock TM" checklist. It seems 
like ever since this whole ordeal with Lookout 
and Epitaph and the othercorporations (which 
started like 3 years ago by the way) happened 
all the punx in the world have shoved great big 
sticks up their asses. 

We've all gotten insecure about being 
kidnapped by green Martian corporate fiends 
from Planet Major Labela and have set up 
rules to protect ourselves. Rules that say 
where your supposed to live - how poor you're 
supposed to be - - how you're supposed to 
dress - how many bands you're supposed to 
have heard of - what bands you're supposed 
to have heard of, the list goes on and on and 
it's just another damn checklist that we're 
using to shut ourselves off from everything. A 
list to make sure we don't accidentally slip and 
suddenly without knowing it sign a record deal 
with DGC or Sony. 

think by doing all this we're shut- 
ting off the lights like all those damn sportos 
and parents and priests and politicians and 
cops and celebrities and whoever else I left 
out have been doing for years. They're totally 
fine with living in the dark as long as they don't 
have to admit that people that aren't like them 
exist. For some reason I thought punk is 
about smashing all these rules and stomping 
on them, that its about fucking not just turning 
the lights on in a room but setting it on fire, that 
its about doing what you want and learning 
from your own experiences not others'. And 
that its about challenging everything and not 
following other peoples rules or setting stupid 
meaningless ones for yourself. 

I mean I'm only fifteen and can't 
quote from years of experience, but that's 
exactly what I mean, we're all in the same 
damn boat and we're always learning. So 
instead of rejecting someone for not going 
through the same shit you've gone through or 
for not knowing everything you know why 
don't you fucking tell them what you've been 
through or teach them what you know. I mean 
believe it or not, not everyone who shares 
youridealsoridentifieswithpunkideals knows 
about every band you know about or has 
gone to as many shows or comes from your 
town or dresses the way you do. 

Well I think I've said everything I want 
to say except for, if you have to keep your 
punkTM shoved up your ass with a huge stick, 
for god's sake don't make any more fucking 




rules! I think we have enough to deal with 

already. 

Mike Hays/ 2110 Clay St/ Cedar Falls, IA 5061 3 



DearMRR, 

I was reading the most recent copy of 
Flipside the other day and saw a col- 
umn about that eternal problem of 
defining punk. They asked for readers com- 
ments, and I sent them the following letter, I 
thought maybe MRR readers might be inter- 
ested in yet another attempt at defining our 
common obsession. 

OK, to me (I'm not even going to try for 
a universal here) punk can be defined most 
easily by experience. Here's the scenario: It's 
Thursday night. You heard there was going to 
be a 6 band show at a punk house in town. You 
go as the show is beginning. It's summer, and 
there are tons of kids, and older punk rockers, 
running around the front lawn, sitting on the 
porch and hanging around various band vans. 
Some touring bands are exchanging phone 
numbers for other venues in other towns. Trav- 
eling bands are hanging out- with the local 
punks. Traveling people are hanging out with 
local kids, traveling bands and other traveling 
kids. You get in a discussion about scamming 
Kinko's with some traveling kids from Ohio. You 
talk about rape and gender politics with some- 
one from that band from California. Everyone 
plays the "do you know this person from your 
town" and "that band from your state" game. 
Bands play, people watch or hang out or go 
steal stuff from 7-11. Connections are made, 
addresses and phone numbers exchanged, 
plans for the next day are made, people offer 
their houses to travelers, travelers offer their 
houses to the locals for whenever they come to 
their home town. 7"'s are sold, zines exchanged, 
and bands are sometimes even paid. 

So, that's what happens at the good 
punk shows here. Granted, lots of times no one 
shows up, the band hates the town, and their 
van breaks down and everybody's in a bad 
mood and it's raining. Sometimes the bands 
suck and everyone thinks to themselves that 
maybe this punk thing isn't so great. But I'm in 
it for the times that everything is totally and 
completely rad, when you meet that person 
who is smart and interesting, when a band 
makes you think and totally rocks, and when 
you feel that connection to the people around 
you, even if you've only known them for five 
minutes. 

I don't think punk is restricted to house 
shows at all, but I think that large and corporate 
clubs cause alienation for the audience. In 
Portland we have this place called La Luna 
where all the alternative bands play. It's got this 
huge stage, some lame cafe thing and a bar. 
Shows there make me feel like a sheep. I just 
sort of sit there and look at people and feel out 
of place. It's a completely different feeling from 
a show where you can connect with people and 
bands. I think that once a band goes backstage 
after a show and ignores the people watching 
them, that band is no longer punk. If s really that 
simple. Punk is about deconstructing that audi- 
ence/performerdivision. It's about appreciating 
that the band is good at something, but realizing 
that the audience is as big a part of the experi- 



ence as the band. Rockstars, and people who 
act like them, are not punk. 

I feel strongly about the punk scene. 
Ever since I got into punk at 14 (I'm 21 now, 
one of the old ones. Hee hee.) it's been a huge 
influence on my life The most important and 
empowering thing I ever got out of punk was 
that I could have an impact on other people 
through writing, or playing in a band, or just 
supporting other people's efforts even though 
I was just a kid. The underground media was 
a life changing discovery. It was totally amaz- 
ing to me that I could go to a show and see 
people on stage who would hang out with me 
after the show. They usually weren't much 
older than me, and they acted like they were 
just normal people, not rock stars. I think punk 
gave me the self esteem that mainstream 
society denies teenagers (especially girls/ 
Rather than reading Seventeen and taking in 
information that some thirty year old decided 
was interesting to me, I could read a zine 
written by another 14 year old about stuff I 
actually cared about. Punk music that I lis 
tened to was all about being a nerd and having 
other kids hate you, and not fitting in, and all 
that teenager stuff, and people stuff, that the 
mainstream denies. Punkfeels real. It's about 
singing along with a song and feeling like that 
song expresses something you can relate to. 
Punk goes beyond songs about girls and 
about nonsense to songs about politics, and 
experiences that are fucked up, and people 
you know, and feeling like everything sucks 
and hating your job. 

Watching videos from Epitaph bands 
like Rancid and Co. is weird. It looks punk, it 
sounds punk, but it's all about pretending to 
have genuine energy and kid empathy. Real 
ityforthose bands is more about profit margin 
that connections with people. So that's my 
take on this thing. Sorry for being so emo 
about it. 

Amy Gutter/ PO Box 86790/ Portland, OR 
97286 

^•^ Dear MRR. 

lriP<J^ 924 Gilman hosted its first 

II— fcv^ Do-It- Yourself Festival the week- 
^^■^end of July 27 29, and the experi- 
ment in self-education and commu 
nity building was a success. We held work- 
shops on zines and publishing, radio (pirate 
and college), venues (both clubs and house 
parties), businesses (collective and owner- 
ship), venues (tours and clubs), labels, and 
distribution. 

Each workshop was packed, 30 to 60 
people sitting in rented chairs on a hot after- 
noon, relating their experiences on how to 
better run their 'zines, businesses, labels, and 
shows without selling out to 'The Man." 

There were no panels, or lectures given 
by those officially chosen to be "in the know.' 
Workshops were organized to function collec 
tively, people asking for, and contributing 
information as they wanted. Big and little sat in 
a circle together to improve our scene, our 
businesses, and our community, and start 
new ones. Compared to your average "punk" 
gathering, not one asshole showed up to ruin 
it, everyone contributed or at least listened. 
And it was far from being only punk-collective 







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businesses, "pi- 
rate" radio, political 
publishers- every- 
one against the 
capitalist norm, 
worked together. 
Everyone helped 
each other out, 
teaching and learning from one another's' 
experiences. Gilman took a big step towards 
becoming the community space it hopes to 
be. We want to continue to act as a commu- 
nity-building space, hosting and organizing 
gatherings and workshops. Last year we 
hosted the Born of Fire gathering (and hope 
for another). Occasionally we offer the space 
to art shows, as well. Every Wednesday we 
hold a mask and puppet making workshop for 
kids and "non-kids". AK Press has tables at 
most shows and we run our own record distri- 
bution here in the club. Even Chaos Days has 
chosen to organize educational workshops to 
be held at Gilman. We hope by offering our 
space and our experience that we can spread 
the Do-It Yourself community and ethic as 
well as support the existing groups in our 
area. 

For those who missed the DIY Festi- 
val, despair not for the entire weekend was 
taped and notes were taken. Services ex- 
change lists, for those looking for or offering 
help, were passed around at each workshop. 
People were asked to contribute (and you still 
can, if you have experience you want to offer 
people) toa publication on each workshop. All 
these will be wrapped up in a release on the 
workshops as soon as we can get 'em to- 
gether. If you are interested or wanna help, 
call (510) 524-8180 on Fridays or leave a 
message. A BIG thank you to all the people 
who worked so hard to make this weekend 
work, and to all the people who came to 
contribute. 
Charles/ 924 Gilman Street 

Dear Eric, 

I agree with you, there is 
virtually no way that we as human 
beings can refrain from simple defi- 
nitions to explain what we are. What I was 
trying to say with my column, what I've been 
trying to say all along, is that I feel humanity 
has been conditioning itself to a way of seeing 
things based on the superficial, based on the 
symbolic. To me, there's little more symbolic 
in this world than words. I'm sure by this point 
you've run into more than your share of people 
who have claimed to believe in something 
wholeheartedly, but then have acted in ways 
entirely contradictory to what they've spoken. 
I find such people to be usually either patho- 
logical liars, or clever enough to know how 
easy it is to deceive others by what is said, 
written, or worn. As it stands, and call me 
paranoid, these are the types of people I see 
running the world, people who look at the rest 
of us as too stupid to see beyond the decep- 
tions. Unfortunately, I think we have many of 
the same deceitful individuals in the present 
scene right now, individuals banking on our 
own superficiality to market their products. 
I'm not saying that people should treat every- 
thing another person says with suspicion, I'm 





just saying that (and I know it's a cliche) I believe 
a person's actions are far more valuable than 
the words they use, or banners they fly. Per- 
haps its true that we h umans need something to 
believe in, something to salute; I just wish that 
when people looked in the mirror they saw that 
in themselves, or even in the friendship pro- 
vided by those around them, rather than in the 
dogma of someone else's advertising scheme. 
Brian Zero 

Dear MRR, 

Having recently moved to 
Pittsburgh, PA (aka Babylon, USA), 
I have found that the only store in 
the area that carries decent inde- 
pendent music is Eide's. The boycott of this 
store proposed by Dave, the guest opinion 
columnist the June '96 MRR, strikes me as 
being a shallow minded and misguided way of 
combating the problem of racism. 

Dave suggests that we attack racists by 
no longer tolerating their basic rights as Ameri- 
cans. "Tolerance" says he, "[is what] we can't 
afford or allow for these small-minded... trag- 
edies of human-flesh". Somehow the blatantly 
ignorant and illogical ideas of the racist seem 
less insidious than the craftily concealed cen- 
sorship proposed by this so-called liberal. There 
is a certain irony in Dave's desire to rid the 
country of materials he finds objectionable, 
something reminiscent of a late 1930's Nazi 
book burning. 

Attacking Eide's for selling racist music 
is like attacking Sears for selling white sheets. 
I don't know Greg Eide, but he can't be held 
responsible for the racist views of others. Is the 
manager of your local Sam Goody responsible 
for the violent, racist and misogynistic content 
of the Dr. Dre albums he sells? Just because 
the message is reprehensible doesn't neces- 
sarily mean that the music has no value. From 
time to time I enjoy waving a forty to the beat of 
NWA, and sometimes I like to stomp my feet to 
some oi. I am intelligent enough to laugh at the 
nationalistic, racist crap they are spewing and 
take the music for what it is worth. 

Certainly there are times when a boycott 
is a responsible and effective tool in social 
change, but when we start trifling with the basic 
American rights of free speech and enterprise, 
we are goose-stepping down a dangerous road 
first walked by the Fascists, Nazis and petty 
dictators of history. Opinions like the ones rep- 
resented by Resistance Records are the painful 
price we pay for our freedom. Greg Eide is 
profiting from the free exchange of ideas, ideas 
that we (and maybe even he) may disagree 
with, but ideas that have a right to be expressed 
nonetheless. It would be a sad day when mer- 
chants begin to buckle under the pressure of 
these PC morons who in their zeal to combat 
ignorance, embrace it themselves. 
Thanks for your time. 
Francis Morgan/ Pittsburgh, PA 

Dear Francis, 

I was wondering at what point Hitler and 
Co. could have been stopped back in the '20s/ 
'30s. At some point, such hate groups gain 
enough momentum and public attention that 
they seem to subtly pass a certain threshold, 
becoming 'legitimate' in the eyes of society, an 



acceptable political perspective. At that point, 
emboldened by their gradual assertion into 
the political landscape, the Nazis also made 
their moves into the streets, where only physi- 
cal violence was a possible response, and at 
that point it was too late. How could they ha ve 
been headed off at the pass? It seems to me 
that to avoid such a scenario in the future, the 
whole concept of "Good Germans=Good 
Americans" has to be avoided. Since the 
corporate mass media and police forces at 
any level cannot be trusted to reject some kind 
of American neo-fascist or neo-nazi move 
ment, it's up to regular citizens to confront it as 
it rears its ugly head. Since I'm sure you would 
object to physically confrontations of Nazis 
just for disseminating their hateful beliefs, I 
hope you could come to understand that peace- 
ful confrontation in your precious ma rketplace 
is the only avenue most of us have to express 
our resistance. Throwing rocks through Eide's 
windows is not cool, nor is harassing patrons 
of the store beyond pointing out why the 
boycott was mounted, but I certainly think that 
people have every right — even a duty— to try 
to economically attack resurgent Naziism. 
Eide 's has a right to sell the stuff, and citizens 
have a right to call for a peaceful boycott. You 
say that this type of boycott is frivolous. I think 
it is vitally important. Tim 

A Hello there at MRR! 
I'm Manolo from the band 
Delinkuere. Our tape was reviewed 
by Jason Beck in issue 156 part 2, 
but the review came without my address at the 
end of it. I'm just writing to say that the tape is 
titled "Fabbrica, Patria, Chiesa, Famiglia" (Fac- 
tory, Homeland, Church, Family) and is avail- 
able for 5 dollars postpaid from me. We also 
have a large mailorder list and we trade, so 
don't hesitate and write. 
Manolo Ronzino/ Via Des Geneys 27/ 10064 
Pinerolo (Torino)/ Italy 

OTo the guy who wrote about Nazis in 
Cincinnati in MRR #158: 
It really sucks about your town's 
problem with Nazis & sympathizers. 
You need to do something about it. 
Don't wait for SHARPs (those fucking jock 
bastard, gangster, pseudo Amerikan pride, 
Nazi look-a-like fuckers!) to solve the problem 
because once they wipe out the Nazis, they'll 
turn on the punks like they did in Miami and 
New York. You must take care of it yourself. If 
you are a violent person, you can sabotage 
them, their cars, their homes or hangouts. If 
you do that, act alone and don't ever tell 
anyone what you do. This, in my opinion, 
works. It creates fear amongst them, then 
they end up losing a lot of loyalty. Then what's 
left is only a handful of old drunk washed up 
diehard do-nothing Nazis (that's what hap- 
pened in Orlando). If you want to take a less 
violent approach, set up a big punk festival 
with lots of anti-racist bands (Aus-Rotten would 
be great to have if you can get their lazy asses 
off the couch!) and ban the Nazis from entry. 
With all of the traveler punks in your city forthe 
fest, the dumb boneheads will think they all 
live there and they'll hide for a while. Then you 
keep banning them from all shows. After a 





while of this (like in 
Orlando), they will 
only go to metal 
shows. No more 
problem! Fuck all 
Nazis! 

A terrorist Nazi 
hater Jewboy 



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quality interviews like that which keeps me 
reading your mag. Keep up the good work!! 
Mr. SarCasDick! 

Dear Maximum, 

After reading the "Hand 
Jobs" column in issue #157, 
understand why the anonymity of 
the author is assured. No one would 
want to take credit for such an imbecilic 
mean-spirited, and incoherent piece of crap. 
Ratherthan hurting the multinational corpora 
tion of McDonald's, this essay focused on 
ways to hurt the minimum wage workers and 
unsuspecting customers of the restaurant 

The author began the essay with some 
suggestions as to. how employees might wreak 
havoc. Unfortunately, following such advice 
brings more negative ramifications upon those 
same employees than anyone else. Go ahead 
and bring something sharp to puncture bags 
in the cooler. Who will have to clean the 
mess? You, the employee, or another 
shitworker. Has McDonald's suffered from 
the destruction of this one bag? Hmmm... I'm 
sure that the CEO will calla shareholder's 
meeting to deal with the devastating eco- 
nomic loss your action has caused. Taking 
your manager's keys makes a lot of sense as 
well. With such power, you are able to steal 
money from your fellow worker's tills. The 
franchise will barely noticed the loss of a 
couple of bucks. However, your co-worker, 
who may truly need ever penny of that mea- 
ger minimum wage, could get fired. Con- 
gratulations. You've really subverted the sys- 
tem there. 

Perhaps I'm wrong, but getting em- 
ployees fired fits in more with the current 
corporate trend of "downsizing" than any punk 
ethic. Setting the customers on fire is another 
great idea. Inevitably, a civil suit will be 
slapped on McDonald's — just like that old 
woman who sued them over the extreme 
temperature of their coffee. She received 
millions of dollars in damages. Many people 
thought the sum was rather extravagant. So 
McDonald's will surfer a great deal, right? 
Wrong! Not many people know that the amount 
the coffee-spilling senior citizen received from 
McDonald's is equivalent to the profits 
McDonald's makes from coffee sales in one 
day. That's right— one day\ They are rolling in 
dough. One little lawsuit will hardly make a 
dent in their coffers. You, on the other hand, 
will face criminal charges. Committing arson 
is a felony, and for this one little prank, you 
face serious jail time. Is it worth spending 
years in prison for a misguided and inept 



attempt to screw McDonald's? 

The suggestions for customers are 
equally foolish. Pouring hot water down the side 
of the garbage can means some poor mini- 
mum-wage worker has yet another disgusting 
job to do. It's not as if Ray Kroc is going to rise 
from the dead to take care of it. 

Go ahead and be an asshole when you 
order. One will get nothing but a heap of saliva 
in their Arch Deluxe for these efforts. The same 
thing will happen if a person blocks the drive- 
thru. Employees and customers who will have 
to deal with the extra crowds will not be happy— 
and more willing to take their wrath out upon the 
perpetrator. And the only way one could justify 
placing large fake orders to McDonalds is if one 
were to dumpster dive for the food later. Other- 
wise, it's just a large waste of food. Really punk 
rock, eh? 

The gas station comments were simi- 
larly moronic. Yeah, leave the slurpee machine 
on, so the poor schmuck who is working there 
gets to clean it up. It's a good idea to steal those 
metal poles so that if someone really needs 
gas, they may not be able to get it. And, of 
course, lighting the gas nozzle like a blowtorch 
is an easy operation. Why worry about blowing 
up the entire gas station, as well as yourself in 
the process. 

What the authorf ails to recognize is that 
many people who work at McDonald's or other 
minimum wage situations do so because they 
have no other choice. They need to make 
money; they may lack employable skills, and 
the local fast food place may be the only place 
that will hire them. The McDonalds near my 
house in the suburbs is staffed by people who 
come from the inner city each day. Due to white 
flight, loss of business, and other social prob- 
lems, many urban neighborhoods simply have 
no jobs. The only alternative for these people is 
to get a job at someplace like McDonalds. Why 
should these people be penalized for a situation 
they do not want to be in? These "pranks" will 
hurt the workerfar more than the management. 

If one truly wants to make a difference 
regarding McDonalds, there are more positive 
means of affecting change. Don't take a job 
there if you do not have to. Try working at a local 
business instead. Be willing to earn less money 
for a job you enjoy. Patronize diners, coffee- 
houses, and other small businesses. And do 
something about the national problems that 
McDonald's preys upon. Write to your con- 
gressman asking for a minimum wage hike. 
Urge the federal government to revive our cit- 
ies, both through traditional funding and new 
programs, such as enterprise zones. Start your 
own damn restaurant or business — perhaps 
even something as simple as a food collective, 
where each person cooks enough food for the 
rest one day of the week, then gets fed the rest 
of the week. That way, you can remove the 
need to grab a quick, convenient meal 
McDonald's is so willing to provide. 

These are just a few ideas, but there are 
many other things people out there can do that 
are not ignorant, thoughtless, and mean spir- 
ited. A person can effect change in the system 
without being an asshole. It's a shame the 
author hasn't learned that lesson yet. Sincerely, 
Brent No Seven/ 2 1 Dougherty Hall/ Villanova, 
PA 19085 




To them fine folk at MRR and their 
equally fine readers: 
'\ I'm writing this letter in re 

y sponse to Sabrina Edgington's let 
ter in 158. Sabrina states her disap- 
pointment with people at shows who choose 
to watch the bands instead of moshing, 
pogoing, slamming or whatever. She says 
that they should get out of her way so that she 
can dance in front of the stage. 

I have to disagree with her on several 
points of her letter. Numero Uno (my apolo- 
gies to the readers who don't speak whatever 
language that is), she shows that obviously 
she has no regard for others by deciding to 
"jump into them (the people at the front of the 
stage)". If I myself, being male and probably 
out-weighing her considerably, had done the 
exact same thing to her, every punk at the 
show would've kicked my butt. But that's be- 
sides the point, she should have enough con- 
sideration not to interfere with the enjoyment 
of others. 

Punx, myself included, seem to get so 
upset when anyone even slightly interferes 
with are personal freedoms, yet folks like this 
thoughtless and selfish person seem to not 
consider the rights of others. Also, why does 
"the pit" always have to be at the front of the 
stage, it makes no sense. The people in "the 
pit" are there to slam around and, in the case 
of the ignorant, bonehead jocks that seem to 
make up the majority of "the pit" these days, 
take out their frustrations (Dad beats them, 
hardware store won't sell them paper bags 
and Tester's Modeling Glue anymore, Full 
House has been canceled, etc.) out on others. 
It would seem to make more sense to have the 
people that are there to really concentrate on 
the band stand atthe front of the stage in order 
to get a better view. The people that are 
moshing only need to hear the band, since 
they're not actually watching the band (more 
likely they're watching the elbow of the high- 
school linebacker in front of them as it heads 
towards their face at an alarmingly fast rate) 
The moshers could hear the band just as well 
from farther back. Sabrina, I'm sorry if this 
letter upsets you, I just wanted to share a 
different view-point with you. Remembercon 
structive criticism can be a very positive thing. 
J. Wilson/Monolithic/ POBox1234/Coquitlam, 
BC/ V3J 6Z9/ Canada 

MRR and anyone who knewDonny 

The Punk, 

By now, I am certain that 
many of you have heard of Donny's 
death. I won't claim that we were best friends 
or relatives, but Donny was important to me 
as I know he was to many others. I just feel like 
I want to do something for him and about him 
but I need help. 

I would like to put together a zine about 
Donny. He was very involved in numerous 
circles so I know that there are many people 
out there who were affected by him. If anyone 
has anything that they could send me about 
Donny: pictures, stories, letters, memories, 
anecdotes, etc. I can't do it without you. Any- 
body who contributes will get a copy, and it of 
course would be free. Thank you. 
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PUNK IS DEAD (AND I HATE YOU) 

But first, as always, today's retractions: I have 
been informed by the big J.B. himself that the 
The Dead Kennedys teen idol pin-up posters 
that grace the humid and enzymatic boudoirs 
of fifteen-year-old girls from coast to coast 
and border to border and formed the crux of 
my Is Jello A Fuck? column some months back 
were/are the work of some renegade poster 
printer, and were/are manufactured without 
the knowledge or consent of the Kennedys in 
question. Jello further went on to inform me 
that the The Dead Kennedys kept their pup 
py-dog good looks off their album covers el al 
for a damn good reason, presumably because 
their "message" wouldn't be taken "serious- 
ly" if it was thought to be emanating from the 
four blow-dried prettyboys we all know them 
to be (a series of faxes to my former lover 
Anne R. Key produced evidence that the The 
Dead Kennedys posters in question were ac- 
tually manufactured and distributed by an 
MRR Espionage Squad headed up by high- 
ranking party members in an attempt to un- 
dermine the The Dead Kennedys' credibility 
in the sectors of the scene which are not 
composed exclusively of fifteen-year-old girls. 
Thanks, babe. Next time, I'll spring for the 
dental dam, unless you're still into that bub- 
ble-wrap shit). Body of column (Amen): So any- 
way, last week i buy the CD reissue of the Mr. 
T Experience's "Night Shift At The Thrill 
Factory" album (first indication punk is dead: 
money left over at end of weekly record pur- 
chases to spend on CD reissues) (second indi- 
cation punk is dead: this was the best record 
i bought all week) (third indication punk is 
dead: Adobe Photoshop) (first disclaimer to 
third indication: although Adobe Photoshop 
[a registered trademark of Adobe Systems, 
Incorporated] is a wonderful tool for purpos- 
es of stretching out and distorting pictures of 
your bandmates' heads in order to make them 
appear even more ridiculous looking than 
they already are, it fuckin' sucks BAD as far as 
colorizing stuff goes. See also: Flipside [i mean, 
fuckin', say no more, ya know?]), and i bring it 
to work, which is where i listen to my CDs, 
which is what i feel this format was designed 
for, and "The History Of The Concept Of The 
Soul" comes on (you know, the one where Dr. 
Frank babbles out enlightening phrases like 
"Homer didn't have a comprehensive word for 
'mind' /the psyche and the conscious selfluid not 
yet been combined" at rapid-fire tempo), and 
remember what a great song this is, and how 
i would like to brutally bludgeon Dr. Frank to 
death with a barstool (then, of course, turn 
the barstool upon myself, as would only be 
just and right) for writing this song before i 
wrote this song, not like there would be much 
chance of me writing this song, but it still 
kinda gnaws away at me (like Agent " ! " from 



Doom Patrol, it should come as no surprise 
that i got a Courtney-Love-sized wet spot in 
my heart for novelty songs of a non-stop- 
yakking nature — "Subterranean Homesick 
Blues" by Bob Dylan, "Life Is A Rock (But The 
Radio Rolled Me)" by Reunion — shit, even 
that "LEO-NARD-BERN-STEIN!" song by 
REM is good although the merits of that one 
Billy Joel™ thing are debatable [historical 
footnote: today, all these songs are generally 
considered to be evolved from "Too Much 
Monkey Business" by Chuck Berry. See also 
Scopes trial, the]), and then i'm all grumbling 
and filled with self-loathing and what-not 
until their cover of "No MilkToday" by Her- 
man's Hermits comes on, which makes me 
happy (bonus Shelley Fabares "Hold On' 
soundtrack reference! Hoo hoo!) for two rea 
sons: 1) as indicated previously, i am a big 
Herman's Hermits fan; and 2) this is, like, the 
fucking WORST Herman's Hermits cover i 
have ever heard, which kind of balances out 
my non-authorship of "The History Of The 
Concept Of The Soul" (the Stool Pigeons/ 
Shitbirds' absolutely senseless butchering of 
No Milk Today" [as "No Milk Today, To 
morrow, Or Ever"] is so fucking stupid i don't 
even count it as a real cover, Dut if i did, it 
would be ranked even lower than the MTX 
version. As it stands, i've heard the David 
Letterman band play the song better than 
either group does it [more historical feet 
notes: as you know, "No Milk Today" was 
written by Graham Gouldman, who also 
wrote "Bus Stop" for the Hollies, who also 
wrote "For Your Love" for the Yardbirds, 
who also produced the Ramones "Pleasant 
Dreams" album, who also was in lOcc (more 
or less nullifying all of the above) — but, who 
also also, as you may not know, was in the 
Ohio Express at the very end of their career, 
and sang on the song "Sausalito" (which GG 
Allin, inexplicably, did not cover), replacing 
former vocalist Joey Levine, who, a couple 
years later, turned up in Reunion and sang 
"Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Mef 
mentioned in earlier parenthetical asides! IT'S 
FUCKING NUTTY, MAAAAN!!!]), and also 
nicely establishes a semi-tragic context of Man 
vs. Superman (i.e., bad coverer of Herman's 
Hermits songs vs. brilliant spewer of wry, 
pop-punkified intellectualisms) for Frank to 
operate in. Second sentence: So, anyway, all 
this time i'm thinkin' about "The History Of 
The Concept Of The Soul," right? How i feel 
lame and unmanly for not having written it, 
et cetera. And now i'm listening to a Her- 
man's Hermits cover, and i start thinkin' about 
the line in "The History Of The Concept Of 
blah blah blah" that i think goes "the conscious 
separation of the no one from the none," and, 
spurred by the necessity of attempting to 
raise myself up to a less lame and more manly 
position (the jokes regarding the phrase "man- 
ly position" will be left as an exercise for the 
reader), i start thinkin' about how when Peter 
Noone was in Herman's Hermits, he was 
Herman, right? (there are two schools of 
thought in this matter: 1) Peter was indeed 
Herman; 2) Peter was merely Peter, and no 
one was Herman, sort of like Charlie's An- 
els, where not only were none of the chicks 
Tiarlie, but Bosley wasn't Charlie either [the 
late, great Sam Kinison would one day postu- 
'ate that Charlie equalled Manson, but this is 



idle conjecture at this point] . I regret to inform 
you that only Theory #1 is correct, Peter WAS 
Herman, and this can be proven by watching 
the Hold On movie, where Peter Noone is 
referred to only as "Herman") Ergo, since 
Peter is no longer Herman, "Herman" can be 
assumed to be a fictional persona, yes? A non- 
entity? One could almost say a "no one?" 
THUS! When Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone 
left Herman's Hermits on December 31st, 
1969, thusly renouncing his mantle of Her- 
mandom, one could almost say that this was 
"conscious separation of the no one from the 
NOONE," could one not??? YES! YES!! ONE 
COULD!!! Bwah-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa!!!! I am 
brimming with elation. I ready my little black 
book marked "Chicks To Fuck When I Feel 
More Manly." I begin to concoct devious 
ways that i can work this most supreme intel- 
lectual triumph into casual conversation when 
next i encounter the Frankster. In the heady 
exhilaration of World Domination To Come, 
i gaze at the MTX CD, and notice that the 
cover insert is cut slightly larger than it should 
be to fit properly in the jewel box; it's sorta 
jammed in there Kinda bent and buckled-like. 
Happy that i'm not the only moron in the 
world who constantly fucks up the dimen- 
sions on CD artwork, i extract the offending 
brochure and give it a cursory once-over. 
Hey! Look! The lyrics to "The History Of The 
Concept Of The Soul!" HEY! LOOK! HE'S 
NOT SAYING "THE CONSCIOUS SEPARA- 
TION OF THE NO ONE FROM THE NONE" 
AT ALL!!! He's saying "the conscious separa- 
tion of the KNOWER from the KNOWN!" 
MY PUN IS RUINED! !! FUCK! FUCK FUCK!! 
FUCK FUCK FUCK!!! FUCK FUCK FUCK 
FUCK FUUUUUUCCCCKKKKH! Bah! This is 
no minor setback! The world at large will 
never comprehend how this has devastated 
my plans entirely, for how could they know 
just what this message means? The end of my 
hopes, the end of all my dreams (further- 
more, how could they know that Palestine 
had been behind the war when Milo reigned 
as queen?) (oh yeah, another addition to my 
Misinterpreted Song Lyrics Sweepstakes: 
from age 7 to about age 17, i thought the line 
"my girl says when i kiss her lips/she gets a thrill 
through her fingertips" from "Boys" by the 
Shirelles [as covered by the Beatles and sung 
by Ringo] was "my girl says 'to life is to learn / 
catch a thrill goin' in the stern "...which seems 
kinds of weird...). This tragic disintegration 
of the crown jewel in my Pun Tiara has caused 
me to all but scrap my high hopes of establish- 
ing what i feel would have been the Western 
World's one true successor to Punk Rock 
(which is dead, and i hate you) — namely, 
Pun Rock. I really thought i was on to some- 
thing big for a while, that i was on the van- 
guard of the New Shit To Come, much like 
particularly nutrient-dense flatulence or 
something (i mean, i know i'll never be as 
cutting edge as Pansy Division, no sir. I got 
that Undertones tribute record last month, 
and i don't feel the least bit ashamed t'tell ya 
that my band sure the fuck wouldn'ta thought 
of covering "Male Model." No way! The con- 
cept of this great evolution in thought is be- 
yond our puny knuckle-dragging hides! We 
wouldn'rve released a version of that song 
like TWO YEARS AGO, not hardly, bo'! We're 
RETRO! It's an adjudicated truism! We're 



backwards, backwoods hicks! We never thin' 
of anything great cutting edge Californians 
haven't thought out for us already! Hell, if we 
HAD released it as a 45 in 1994, i'm sure we 
woulda done something barbaric to it, like 
played the solo instead of just the chords. I 
mean, face it, we're lost without our cues 
from the coastals with the mostals. LEAD US, 
Pansy Division, LEAD US!). Yes, something 
told me i was into something good — but now 
the bottle stands forlorn, a symbol of the 
dorn, or the Gorn, or whatever the fuck that 
line is, all because i bet the ranch on a pun 
based on a misinterpretation of a song lyric i 
probably should've had the cerebral where- 
withal to understand correctly in the first 
place (i quickly attempted to right things by 
assigning myself a two-thousand word essay 
on "Whiskey Man" by the Who being a moral 
parable showing the inevitable unfeasibility 
of the Jungian concept of the "shadow man" 
when introduced into post-Platonic Western 
civilization, but i spent the two thousand 
words detailing how the music from "Whis 
key Man" got ripped off by the Ramones and 
used for the bridge of "It's Not My Place (In 
the 9 to 5 World)" which was on the "Pleasant 
Dreams" album produced by Graham Goul 
dman etc. etc. etc..) (you like all these refer 
ences, right? I mean, you find them enriching 
and stuff, don't you? A little bit? Huh? May- 
be? No? Hmm...in that case, i should proba- 
bly use the phrase "East Bay Hee Haw Moth- 
erfucker" some more, that one's guaranteed 
box office). PUN ROCK IS DEAD (AND I 
HATE YOU)! I had it all planned out, man! 
Right down to our official Pun haircut (which 
would be crewcuts administered at home 
with a common brand of electric clippers. 
Check out any Wahl™ — 100 Puns Rule!). I 
mean, sure, i knew that initially the only two 
people who would show up for the meetings 
would be me and Nikki Parasite, but i was 
sure that once Paul Simonon had his big UK 
hit with "The Puns of Brixton," our swank 
new penthouse (hee hee! i said "penthouse 
in MRR!) (hey, at least i didn't say "punthouse!") 
headquarters (Puns puns! Puns on the roof! 
Puns puns! Made to shoof!) would attract a lot 
of new pun rockers (some of whom might 
even take advantage of the preceding Clash 
and Who references to make with the dread 
ed "Tommy" pun) (you'll be dead, the war is 
Pun!). Anyway, the only hope for my dream 
of a Pun planet is that Seiji one day moves 
from Japan to Germany, and starts a twelve- 
piece band called Guitar Zwolf. They could 
nave a midget roadie, dress him up like a 
pixie (Kim Deal, perhaps) and call him Guitar 
Elf. Stop me if this gets too funny, i don't 
wanna hurtcha. Anyway, the stillbirth of Pun 
Rock is made particularly acute by the fact 
that, as indicated early on, punk rock is dead. 
Again. Don't worry; it happens periodically. 
I estimate i have seen the scene croak and 
revive on three major occasions: 1) when 
punk endured Death By New Wave and was 
replaced by hardcore; 2) when hardcore en- 
countered Death By Stupidity and was re- 
placed by pop-punk; and 3) when pop-punk 
died the living death — Death By Blandness 
— and was succeeded by, quizzically, a) more 
pop-punk [i don't really understand it ei- 
ther], and b) the cadre of rockin' bands Whom 
I Deign Not To Label Lest I Appear Lame led 



up by the holy troika of the Rip Offs, Teen- 
generate, and the Devil Dogs (handicapper's 
tip: always look for a Holy Trinity! Black Flag- 
Circle Jerks-Dead Kennedys, Beatles-Stones- 
Who, Ramones-Sex Pistols-Clash, Screeching 
Weasel-Queers- Vindictives, whatever — the 
presence of a Holy Trinity is this dimension's 
sure sign of bountiful positive hubbub!); all 
three now history. An important thing to keep 
trackofin all this bedlam and tumult is thatpunk 
isn't 'dead" dead, like there are NO good 
records coming out or NO good bands still 
around. Nay! For shame that you should 
even think that i should think this thusly! All 
that this deadness implies is that the collec- 
tive rock'n'roll vital signs of the scene have 
dipped beneath a certain critical mark on the 
rhrillometer™ (rhymes with "thermometer") 
and stayed there for longer than a certain 
critical "Maximum Time Allowed To Be 
Dipped Beneath The Aforementioned Cer- 
tain Critical Mark And Still Live" period, 
hence, like, we're dead (Closing Arguments for 
Deadness: 1.) I don't see any bands from the 
same aesthetic neck of the woods as the Ri- 
pOffTeenGeneRateDevilDogs rocking big 
enough to fill the departed's booties [a.) that 
Infections 45 is really good but i'm not sure 
how deeply their trout pond is stocked with 
hits like "I'd Kill For You"; b.) that Stipjes 
album is good, too, better than their 45s, but 
i still don t bite on them being The Total Shit; 
c.) that Problematics 10" and split 7" were 
pretty great (minus a version of "Teenage 
Kicks" about as good as Pansy Division's 
"Male Model"), but results on their Rip Off 45 
are inconclusive; and d.) that Phantom Rats 
CD fell a bit short of the mark {the Jet Boys 
stock is also sinking}, and, having discussed 
the Registrators shortcomings earlier, i feel 
moderately confident in suggesting that the 
Japanese Rock Tsunami may have already 
crested]; 2.) The state of pop-punk's remains 
becomes more tragic with every passing day 
[ALL-IMPORTANT TIDBIT! The quick'n' 
easy litmus test for whether or not a scene or 
sub-scene is Live or Dead is to determine 
whether the records produced by said scene 
seem better considered individually or col- 
lectively. If the answer is "individually," the 
scene is DEAD. Grab any vintage '96 pop- 
punk record and play it and it might very well 
sound kind of okay. Grab this record and 19 
of its spiritual brethren and you're gonna say 
"Fuck this, i ain't wading through this shit, all 
this crap sucks. " Whereas, a year or two ago, 
i'd buy "lo-fi" 45s by obviously un-stellar 
bands like the Inhalants and Statics and play 
'em once and go "eh" — but i was happy to 
have 'em 'cause when i set them in my stack 
of similar-looking and sounding records in 
the cheesy-cool b&w one-piece white paper 
sleeves, the collective effect multiplied their 
inherent merit several times over]; and 3.) 
There has been no Best Band In The World for 
all of 1996 and i see nothing lurking on the 
event horizon to indicate this condition will 
be abating). As the self-proclaimed Voice Of 
Experience (as opposed to being the voice of 
the Mr. T Experience), i am not at all worried 
about punk's eventual lizard-appendage-like 
regeneration — my only concern is that when 
it surges back with a vengeance, i, Rev. Narb, 
am the newly-minted Top Dog. The punk 
rock elevator has plunged from the 99th floor 



to the basement, and it is time for me to 
MAKE MY MOVE. I plan to REIGN SU- 
PREME in the next punk rock rebirth, and, to 
attain this end, my first step will be to DE- 
STROY POP-PUNK AS YOU KNOW IT 
("Death To False Pop-Punk" would be my 
rallying cry, but the word "false" is too open 
to interpretation). And howsoever shall you dis- 
pense with the flimsy remains of pop-punk, Rev. 
Nerb? By advocating the return of... gxdp... HARD- 
ASS SHIT??? NAY! NAY!! A THOUSAND 
TIMES NAY!!! Fuck hard-ass shit, hard-ass 
shit sucks (the same year i decided the pop- 
punk revolution of '87 had become too bland 
too live [1990, and this verdict was reached 
after repeated listenings to the first Operation 
Ivy and Green Day albums {in the name of 
science, you understand)], some guy wanted 
to fight me at an Antiseen show inMilwaukee 
[weeknight, even] because he didn't like my 
pants. Wimpy sucks, macho sucks, you all 
suck, everybody die). Pop-punk is bad be- 
cause why? Because it's punk guys trying to 
play pop music punkly, and failing miserably 
due to their lack of understanding of POP, not 
of punk. Why don't they understand pop? In 
some cases, i suspect it's simply because 
they're fucking pussywhipped and they ac- 
tually think someone cares. In others, i sus- 
pect it is because they have no clue as to what 
the role of the 7" 45 rpm record (a.k.a. "hit 
single") should play in the creation of all 
things poppy, probably owing to the fact that 
after the hardcore thing hit in 1981, people 
starting using 7-inch records as miniature 
albums, not as Hit Singles, and the status quo 
has really not been totally re-re-vamped since 
(the fact that the 45 spindle thingie — by 
which one could stack up to seven 45s on your 
turntable & have 'em play in succession — 
disappeared from stereos around this time 
due to the sissy-boy audiophiles who didn't 
want their records landing on each other and 
who now don't even own turntables proba- 
bly contributed to their malformed view as 
well [if you asked me what my favorite 7" 
single is, i'd say "Surrender b/w "Auf 
Weidersehn" by Cheap Trick. If you asked 
Mike Jarvis of the Blow Pops, he'd say "Pa- 
perback Writer" b/w "Rain" by the Beatles. 
But, if you asked Paul from the ex-Action 
Figures, who is like seven years younger than 
i am, he'd just say "Good Vibrations by the 
Beach Boys, as he came upon the Singles 
Scene too late to understand the concept of 
the B-side being significant] [and, for the 
record, things don't have to be overly poppy 
to be good singles; "Nervous Breakdown by 
Black Flag and "Destroy All Music" by the 
Weirdos absolutely certainly rate and are 
absolutely certainly not EP-style records, re- 
gardless of their b-sides' song count]). When 
i first started my puny record label, i intended 
to only release hit singles ("hit" here not, of 
course, meaning that they, perish forbid, sell 
a lotta copies, but just that they a.) sound 
good on your record player; b.) would sound 
good if tney were pjayed on the radio, what- 
ever "on the radio" means; c.) would sound 
good if they were played on a jukebox [thanks 
to the kind and good Jack Geezer for pointing 
out that i press my 45s with a large hole so 
they can be played on his jukebox; for a while 
i just thought it was 'cause they were 3<f 
cheaper but Jack is 100% right, large-hole 45s 




are OUR BIRTHRIGHT AS AMERICANS! 
Things got quickly sidetracked, but i am giv- 
ing the punk scene ONE LAST CHANCE to 
reanimate under my control: i plans ta wipe 
out this current swarm of punk guys who 
don't understand the 7-inch single making 
bad pop records by supplanting them with pop 
guys who DO understand the 7-inch single mak- 
ing good PUNK records! Pop-punk shall be 
banished forevermore, or until someone for- 
gets, and, in its stead, shall stand — are you 
ready? — PUNK-POP!!! It's genius in your 
time!!! If you are the best punk-pop band in 
the world, and you want to be part of the 
impending artificially-induced punk-pop ex- 
plosion, send me a tape, and indicate your hit. 
If you do not indicate a hit, i will assume you 
are clueless, and scoff at your feeble delu- 
sions of net worth. If you are the best punk- 
pop band in the world, we'll do business and 
all get rich (mostly me). If you sound like 
Screeching Weasel or the Queers, break up 
immediately. If i don't hear from the best 
band in the world within a reasonable amount 
of time, i'm going to scrap the entire notion 
and go to plan B: releasing an endless series of 
split 45s with Pansy Division on one side and 
the Fearless Iranians From Hell on the other 
Some shit you never get sick of 
gJLgi;/.?I'.*l..'Lill? 




This is part one of a three part intervieiv 
with Stephen Singular. 

DE: It is my privilege this evening to be joined 
by Stephen Singular, the author of the recent 
book Legacy of Deception, subtitled An Investi- 
gationofMarkFuhrmanandRacismintheLAPD. 
The book is published in soft cover by Dove 
Books, copyright 1995. Stephen, welcome to 
our airwaves. 

SS: Well thank you for having me 
DE: Your book actually is about far more than 
just Mark Fuhrman, racism and the LAPD. In 
fact, I would say that Mark Furman plays a 
relatively small part in your book. The author 
Edith Wharton observed that "a frivolous 
society can only achieve d rama tic significance 
through what its frivolity destroys." And I 
think that in connection with the O.J. Simp- 
son case, our society has proved itself to be all 
together frivolous, and it has destroyed a 
great deal, including some very serious infor- 
mation which you have effectively and cou- 
rageously highlighted, that O.J. Simpson was 
framed. Can you tell us a little bit about how 
you came into the possession of the informa- 
tion you did? 

SS: In 1984, 1 was living in Denver, Colorado, 
I had been kind of a radio junkie for many 
years, I had moved to Colorado a few years 
before that, and became fascinated with a 
radio personality named Alan Berg, who was 
a prominent figure there on the radio. And in 



fune of 1984 he was assassinated by a group 
of neo-Nazis from the northwest of America. 
They were all subsequently rounded up, tried 
in Seattle and convicted or they pled guilty, 
and most of them are now in federal peniten- 
tiaries. 

DE: This group by the way was named The 
Order. 

SS: Yes it was. And it was led by a man named 
Robert Matthews who was killed in a shoot- 
out with the FBI at the end of 1984. At the 
time, before the Oklahoma City bombing, 
these people were essentially responsible for 
three or four deaths, they robbed $4.6 million 
dollars in one heist in northern California, 
and committed, I believe it was, 270 criminal 
acts. Anyway, the point of all that is that an 
investigation of FBI and police personnel was 
conducted throughout the United States to 
round these people up. I made a lot of con- 
tacts, got to know a lot of people, wrote my 
book, it came out in 1987 and was called 
Talked To Death: The Life and Murder of Alan 
Berg, and I stayed in touch with some of the 
sources I had developed at that time in the 
mid-1980s. There was of course a lot of re- 
search being done by police and other offi- 
cials into right wing organizations, white su- 
premacist organizations, and groups like that. 
When the murders occurred in Brentwood, 
here in Los Angeles in June of 1994, 1 watched 
what followed that. I, like 90 million other 
Americans watched the high speed chase, 
watched Simpson taken into custody, etc. 
And came to the conclusion that he appeared 
to be a guilty man. Six weeks passed after 
that, to late July of 1994, and I was contacted 
by a source that I had made ten years earlier, 
roughly, a source connected to the legal sys- 
tem out here... 

DE: "Out here" being in Los Angeles. 
SS: Yes, southern California, and was told 
that there were several critical pieces of evi- 
dence in the case that basically had not sur- 
faced, that would go a long way towards 
explaining what had happened, at least in 
one aspect of the case. The aspect being what 
the police had done. 

DE: You mentioned that a stick and a blue 
evidence bag found respectively on O.J.'s 
property and adjacent to it figured promi- 
nently in this scenario. Can you tell us more 
about that? 

SS: This was the first week of August now, 
1994, and I was given four pieces of informa- 
tion at that time. One was that there was a 
piece of broken fence that was germane to the 
case. Two was that there was a blue plastic 
evidence bag that was germane to the case. 
Both were recovered, one was recovered near 
the Ford Bronco, the stick was recovered near 
the Ford Bronco by the police, and the bag 
was recovered over near where the glove had 
been found on Simpson's estate. If you recall 
the pictures of all of that, there's his house, 
there's a walkway, there's chain link fence, 
and on the other side of the fence there's a 
blue plastic object lying on the ground. I was 
told that that was an evidence bag which is 
something that homicide detectives take with 
them when they go to crime scenes. We know 
from preliminary hearing testimony that in 
fact Detective Fuhrman and Detective Phil- 
lips, who were the first homicide detectives to 
arrive on the scene, had a homicide kit in their 



trunk that contained plastic bags. I didn't 
know, and I was also told that blood had been 
planted in this case. And the only thing need- 
ed to prove that was to test the blood, the 
crime scene blood and perhaps other blood 
for a preservative, technically it's called an 
anti-coagulant, it's called EDTA, it's a preser- 
vative in blood so it won't coagulate when 
you put it in a vial. You draw blood from a 
suspect, you put it in a vial, you don't want it 
to harden or get dried so there's a preserva- 
tive in there. If Simpson's blood had been 
planted, it would have had to have come out 
of that vial. If it were tested and it had EDTA 
in it, it would clearly mean that it had fact 
been planted. The fourth piece of information 
I was given was that Detective Mark Fuhr- 
man had known Nicole Simpson fairly well 
prior to these crimes. We all know he'd gone 
over to Simpson's estate once in 1985, he 
wrote a report in 1989 that this made an 
indelible impression on him, but that's the 
end of the story basically. I was told that he 
was in somewhat regular communication 
with her, that he was her cop on the force, that 
she told him about her relationship with O.J. 
in depth, and the point of all that being that he 
did not arrive at the crime scene as any kind 
of a blank slate, as a homicide investigator 
would be expected to do. 
DE: Now we should stress that none of this 
has ever been... I shouldn't say none of this 
but with regard to the situation vis-a-vis 
Furhman and the Simpson family, has there 
ever been any objective finding in a court of 
law? 

SS: We can go through the four pieces of 
information pne at a time. I got the informa- 
tion and I didn't quite know what to do with 
it. I was told that approaching the prosecu- 
tion would not do any good. Nobody was 
going to listen to me, I was just going to get 
into trouble. So I approached the defense, and 
put these things in a fax, and I faxed it to 
Johnny Cochran's office on August 4th, '94 
and four days later I was sitting in Shapiro's 
office with Carl Douglas, who was Cochran's 
second in command, and with Bill Pavlick [?], 
who was their lead investigator. I gave them 
those four pieces of information. Itold Pav- 
lick and Douglas that Furhman knew Nicole 
Simpson and Pavlick was all over me. He's a 
tough ex-cop from LA who thought he knew 
everything about the case and probably did 
know more than anybody. He said he'd looked 
at all the clubs and all around to see if they did 
have a connection and he couldn't find one. 
But to answer your question, the trial began 
in January of 1995, as we all know. In Febru- 
ary of 1995, the LAPD began conducting their 
own Internal Affairs investigation of Mark 
Fuhrman because enough stuff had come out 
about him to at least make them conduct a 
token investigation, which is what it essen- 
tially amounted to. What happened was that, 
you know the crimes were committed in June 
of '94, the preliminary hearing was in July. In 
August and July of '94, Deputy District at- 
tornies, two by name, Lucine Coleman and 
Julie Segosian [?] came forward to the District 
Attorney's office, to Marcia Clark, to Bill 
Hodgeman, toGarcetti, to the people in charge 
and said a couple of things. One is'that police 
themselves had approached these Deputy 
DAs and had told them about Fuhrman being 



at parties, Fuhrman being at other locations 
and talking about, for one example Nicole 
Simpson's breast implants. He was bragging 
about seeing them, he was talking about it 
with other cops. What does that tell you? Does 
that tell you that they had a relationship? I 
don't know, but it tells me that there was 
something in what I was being told. Other 
policemen were coming forward, talking to 
the Deputy DAs, the Deputy DAs were in 
turn going to the higher ups and saying, look, 
this is not normal behavior, regardless of 
what happened. This man may well have had 
an incentive to do the kinds of things that 
were now being talked about by the defense. 
DE: We should note that this was discussed 
in an article that appeared in the front page of 
The Los Angeles Times. Albeit near the bottom 
where an awful lot of people don't look. I 
don't recall the issue, the possible issue of 
Fuhrman and Nicole as romantic, or possible 
romantic or sexual partners coming out in 
court. There were reports in the papers, but 
most of the rest of the information you had 
been given did come out to one extent or 
another and frequently obliquely during the 
course of the trial, yet it was virtually ignored 
even by the participants. 
SS: Well, what happened was, was that the 
stick, Fuhrman had mentioned the stick in the 
preliminary hearing. It was connected to ab- 
solutely nothing. When I went back and 
looked at his preliminary hearing testimony, 
I found that he was talking about this, which 
struck me as very curious. I talked about that 
with the defense. Then as the trial began, I 
mean I'm leaving out many details, one of 
which is that I wrote all of this up in a book 
proposal which then went to the, which was 
then leaked to everybody, including the pros- 
ecuting attornies and the defense attornies 
and the judge. So that they all sort of knew 
some of the things the defense was going to 
do in the trial. They knew the stick had be- 
come an issue by the fall of 1994. So when 
Fuhrman took the stand in March of '95, you 
may recall that Marcia Clark would like to 
end each Friday, they would quit on Friday at 
noon, she liked to end on something very 
dramatic. They would bring out a glove or 
they would bring out, there was that fiasco 
with the plastic bag that was in the Bronco, 
which happened to be a standard issue item, 
they thought it was a body bag or something, 
but anyway... One Friday they brought this 
object wrapped in brown paper and set it in 
front of Mark Fuhrman and he unwrapped it. 
It was this piece of stick. But what was 
it? Nobody ever said where did it come from. 
I was told it came from a fence, over at 

the Bundy address at the crime scene, that he 
broke a piece of stick off of the fence there, 
that he picked up the glove with the stick, that 
he put the stick in a blue plastic evidence bag, 
that he transported the bag, the glove, the 
stick, over to Rockingham, that he dropped 
the glove on the ground, that he got rid ofthe 
stick and the bag. We know these objects 
exist. We know the stick was introduced in 
court. We know that the defense introduced 
the picture of the blue plastic bag to the jury, 
also in February, when Cochran was cross- 
examining one of the homicide detectives. 
DE: This plastic bag laying right on the other 
side of a cyclone fence from where the infa- 



mous bloody glove was found. 
SS: It was found at Simpson's estate. 
DE: And this was actually a Blue evidence 
bag of the type that detective's carry in an 
evidence kit. 

SS: That is my understanding. I mean I never 
held it in my hand. But I do know that Co- 
chran introduced it into evidence with that 
and then when Bailey was cross-examining 
Fuhrman, went into this whole thing about if 
you put a glove into a blue plastic bag what 
would happen with it? See, I got close to the 
defense and Carl Douglas gave me the pre- 
liminary hearing transcripts of Fuhrman and 
Vannatter, which they gave in July of 1994. 1 
studied Fuhrman's testimony very clearly. 
He says several things in there that should 
have been pursued much more strongly than 
they were. One thing he says in there off the 
top of his head, about arriving at the crime 
scene, is that he knew that Nicole and O.J. had 
joint custody of their children. How did he 
know that? How can a homicide detective 
possibly know that, talking about arriving at 
a crime scene. What does that tell you? This is 
an admission from his own mouth. The point 
of the plastic bag was that it would dry, a 
glove would dry if it were sitting on the 
ground for 7 or 8 hours, if it were not wrapped 
in something, and this was according to Bailey 
during the trial. The point I'm making is that 
the stick entered the trial, the bag entered the 
trial, the report of the L APD investigation did 
surface very late in the trial but it did not 
really get much in front of the jury. But the 
most interesting issue of all by far was the 
blood preservative, because that played a 
crucial role in the trial. 
DE: Now this EDTA preservative is appar- 
ently something that is placed as a matter of 
course, and for the purposes desired for EDTA 
in a particular type of vial, it is color-coded by 
cap, is it not? 

SS: There are three types of vials, and there 
are three types of preservatives. There is a 
green-, a yellow- and a purple-capped vial. 
Yellow and green have something in them 
called sulfur norseprate [?], I believe I pro- 
nounced that correctly, I'm not a chemist. 
When I was originally given this information, 
as I've told you in late July of '94, one of the 
first things that I did was contact a blood 



Decialist at a hospital in Denver, a man named 
>r. Daniel Russo, who's a hematologist. I'd 
asked around of some people and they said 
this man knows more about blood and testing 
blood than anybody you're going to meet. So 
I called him up and he explained to me about 
these caps, about blood preservatives, about 
what they do. He told me that EDTA was a 
stable compound, and that means that it will 
be in the blood long after it came out of the 
vial, it would not dissolve, so you could test 
that blood for a long time afterward, and still 
find the chemical in there. Which was a good 
thing for my purposes. I took all of this infor- 
mation and gave it to the defense, and my 
;eneral thrust was to get them to test the 
jlood. If that chemical was in there then we 
could fairly safely assume that we knew at 
least a portion of what happened in this case. 
It's a provable thing. If you talk to any organic 
chemist he'll tell you that. 
DE: How did the defense react to your infor 
mation? 



SS: They told me I was wrong about every- 
thing. They told me I was wasting their time. 
It's a very interesting story, it's laid out in the 
book. I rather naively thought, well, they'll 
embrace this information, they may even 
embrace me, because if this stuff is true, then 
you get beyond speculation, you get into 
some hard evidenciary stuff that could really 
show you some severe police misconduct. 
DE: Now again, the significance of this EDTA 
is not as obscure as it might appear at first 
glance. It's presence in some of the blood 
samples supposedly left by O.J. Simpson at 
various elements ofthe crime pathway I guess 
one could say, would positively prove that 
that blood had been planted from the sample 
that O.J. had given to the police. 
SS: Correct. 

DE: And this would obviously have proved 
that O.J. Simpson had been framed. 
SS: That's correct, if you could test it, and if 
you get definitive answers. I went to the 
defense, to back up a little bit. They said, A, 
Nicole and Fuhrman did not know each oth- 
er. B, we've never heard of the stick. C, we've 
never heard of a blue plastic bag, D, this blood 
preservative theory is crazy. We can't get our 
hands on the blood to test it, and if we could, 
we don't think it's in there anyway. So go 
back to Denver and have a nice life. 
DE: That initial response was not altogether, 
shall we sat not altogether ingenuous. 
SS: No, it wasn't. It was not. Anyway, I was 
not willing to just take no for an answer. Arid 
just go home and resume my former life. I 
thought, if this were true, it had to come out. 
Period. So I began to establish a relationship 
with Carl Douglas, again the second in com- 
mand at Cochran's office, and was calling 
him 2 or 3 times a week and was actually able 
to get my hands on more information, and 
pass it along to him. He went to his evidence 
book, his murder book as they are called in 
criminal trials, and he opened it up and he 
started thumbing through it, and lo and be- 
hold he found a picture of a blue plastic bag 
sitting next to a cyclone fence. And he found 
a piece of stick sitting on the ground next to 
the Bronco. At that point I began to be able to 
get him on the phone a little more easily. And 
we began to be able to talk to one another. He 
started to trust me a little bit. When I arrived 
in their offices on August 8th, as Carl emphat- 
ically pointed out to me, they had had 200,000 
leads, 200,000 tips, and most of them, you 
know, they dismissed them out of hand, he 
said we've taken about 100 seriously, and 
we've sat down and talked to 10 or 15 people 
So, you know, you've accomplished some- 
thing by getting into our office. But we've got 
to go further. So we did go further, and like I 
said, some of these things began to check out. 
So what I did was gather a lot more informa- 
tion on EDTA, how you would test for it, 
what the test is called, it's called gas per- 
matography.ItessentiallyseparatestheEDTA 
out from the blood so you can see that it's in 
there. And I again established more and more 
of a relationship with Carl in particular, and 
then what happened, well the story just gets 
more and more complex. But they began to 
believe that something had gone on in the 
crime lab, with Simpson's stored blood. The 
essence of it was that at a crime scene, the 
criminalist, as you'll recall in this case the 




infamous Fung and Mazzola go over to a 
crime scene and take swatches and pick up 
blood. This gets rather complicated, but the 
blood preservative theory was shot down by 
everybody because a number of police offic- 
ers arrived at the scene and saw that blood on 
the ground while Simpson was still in Chica- 
go. So, if you follow what I'm saying, in other 
words you had maybe ten police officers there 
who walked through the scene and saw this 
blood on the ground, and they all testified to 
that. So that clearly could not have come out 
of the vial yet because the vial with the blood 
in it did not yet exist. When I went to the 
defense, I said simply, you have to check the 
crime scene blood, I didn't have any informa 
tion beyond that. What they did beyond that 
was to come up with the belief that in fact that 
blood wascollected off theground,thatblood 
does belong to somebody, but that's not the 
blood that was sent off to Cellmark for the 
DNA testing. If you'll recall Dr. Lee testifying 
at the trial, that was the essence of what he 
had to say. He's considered to be one of the 
most respected forensic scientists in the world. 
DE: Let's retrack here, recap here just for a 
second. Cellmark Diagnostics was the labo- 
ratory that was actually doing the DNA tests 
on some of the blood given by O.J. Simpson 
and stores in that purple-capped vial charac- 
terized by an EDI A 'preservative. The blood 
that was in the vial would have to have had 
EDTA in it. 

SS: Let me try and break it down into sort of 
the theory of the case from the defense's point 
of view, and perhaps from the prosecution's 
point of view. The critical pieces of evidence 
in this case, in my opinion and I think the 
opinions of many, were blood drops 47 
through 52, because those were the crime 
scene olood drops. If Simpson's blood is on 
the ground at the crime scene, there's a pretty 
fair chance that he committed these crimes. 
And that blood was collected before he came 
back from Chicago and gave his blood, and 
then some blood, some Simpson blood was 
sent off to Cellmark. The implications from 
Dr. Lee's testimony were that those blood 
swatches were switched. Because Andrea 
Mazola's initials were not on the swatches 
that were sent off, which was considered very 
important to them, because that's what they 
believed happened and that's very much in 
line with what I was told happened. What 
happened was, as the case went on, and they 
began to believe in the blood preservative 
theory, and the fact that Simpson's blood had 
been planted. They came to me and they said 
do you know anybody in the crime lab? And 
I said, well I can look into it. And they said we 
have reason to believe that some crime lab 
employee may be on orders from above, and 
has taken some of that stored blood and put it 
on clean swatches, not the crime scene swatch- 
es but new swatches, and they sent those off 
to Cellmark. If they sent those off to Cellmark, 
they could only come back as O.J. Simpson's 
DNA. I mean, there's no other way because it 
is Simpson's blood. And the tests that Cell- 
mark runs are not tests for EDTA, they're 
simply tests for DNA and those tests are not 
the same. So, I came out to Los Angeles, I was 
living in Denver at the time, and I approached 
somebody in the crime lab and I tried to make 
headway with what they were asking me to 



do and then the story gets a little more com- 
plicated and hairy from there because basi- 
cally they were trying to get me to do some 
things that were a little bit questionable, as I 
subsequently found out. And I decided I'd 
probably gone about as far with them as I 
wanted to. I was not, as I say in the book, 
going to stand in the bushes, stake out the 
crime lab and try to jump somebody and get 
them to talk to me on their behalf. 
DE: It certainly wouldn't be a good idea giv 
en the publicity for the case. 
SS: No. 

DE: Stephen, I'd Tike to sum up a few of the 
points that we've made in this half hour and 
then we'll continue with our next half hour 
segment. You wrote a book called Talked To 
Death, the basis for Oliver Stone's 1988 or '89 
film called Talk Radio, about the murder of 
Alan Berg by the neo-Nazi group, The Order 
And you were contacted by a source within 
the LA legal system and told that apparently 
there had been a number of different ele- 
ments of fabrication of evidence against O.J. 
Simpson, including the planting of the glove, 
involving a stick to scoop it up and a blue 
plastic evidence bag to carry it over. A stick 
was found near the Bronco on O.J.'s proper- 
ty, a blue plastic object, apparently a bag was 
found just on the other side of a cyclone fence 
adjoining O.J.'s property where the glove 
was found, and you were told that blood had 
been planted at the crime scene and that also 
perhaps swatches of blood from the crime 
scene had been switched for swatches taken 
from O.J. 's blood sample. A lot of this panned 
out during the course of the trial. One of the 
things that's amazing to me is that Carl Dou- 
glas showed you a picture from the evidence 
book of the blue bag and of the stick and then 
Johnny Cochran actually mentioned the blue 
plastic object at one point during the trial and 
yet it was never brought up. 
(continued next month) 

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The Quality of 
Military Life 



by: TK Getzgo 



Two days after sending my latest com- 
pleted column ( now in issue #160) to Tim, I 
acquired issue #158. In the letters column of 
that issue was a piece directed at me and my 
column. Much to the delight — I'm sure — of 
Steve, the letter writer, I am going to use this 
month's column to address that letter, its 
points, some other misconceptions about me, 
and some misconceptions about the column 



and military punks in general. 

The first issue I want to address — and 
keep in mind that I'm far from upset at Steve's 
comments; I am actually pleased to see that 
someone is reading and cares enough to com- 
ment — is Steve's prejudice. In-fighting in the 
punk community is already threatening to 
tear us apart as a group of dedicated outcasts 
fighting for common goals. Finger-pointing, 
name-calling, and the sickening "I'm more 
punk than you" attitude of certain scenesters 
is pathetic and detrimental to the cause. Call- 
ing me a "punk" (his quotation marks), which 
is basically saying that I can't really be a punk 
because he says so, is juvenile and useless. 
Steve had some good points, he can't really be 
that ignorant. We can, however, look at all of 
the evidence Steve presented as to why he is 
a punk and, therefore, an authority on who 
else is and isn't punk. Does that sound like 
fun? Let's do it, then. Steve was "a huge Bad 
Brains fan through school". Holy shit! I give 
up! No punk am I, attempting to compete 
with a record collection including not only 
Bad Brains, but... OK, just Bad Brains. 

Sorry, I didn't mean to sound so pomp- 
ous, but I'm trying to make a point. Mention- 
ing that you were a big fan of one band whilst 
inhigh school does not an authority make. Or 
something like that. I'm not trying to play the 
"I'm more punk" game, but I did get my first 
Ramones album when I was in the third grade. 
I had recordings by Black Flag, Sex Pistols, 
Sham 69, Dead Kennedys, and Minutemen 
before I entered junior high, forget about high 
school. I have been enjoying punk music for 
most of my life, and was a true punk before I 
ever heard the word. Punk is not about wear- 
ing certain clothes, listening to certain music, 
or even thinking a certain way. Punk is a 
feeling, an attitude, and a way of life. Punk is 
flipping the bird to whatever and whomever 
you wish, for your own personal reasons. 
Punk is about accepting people for their own 
individualities, because the rest of society 
won't. The bottom line is this: no one has any 
right to accuse me, or anyone else, of not 
being punk for any reason, especially if that 
reason is my status as a soldier (more on that 
in a bit). And, for the sake of clarity, I am not 
saying that Steve isn't punk, because I believe 
that he is. 

My second point is a little more com- 
plex, and may actually be two or three points 
strewn together. I won't know for sure until I 
start writing them down, so bear with me. 
Unless Steve is in his late 40's or older, I 
seriously doubt that he was drafted. The draft 
was ended in this country sometime in the 
early 1970's, and replaced, in a way, with 
Selective Service (see Brendan White's col- 
umn in issue #157 for a great overview). If it 
isn't clear to anyone, that means that the 
military forces of the United States of Amer- 
ica are 100% voluntary. No one is there to 
force you to join. Nothing happens to you if 
you don't join. It is a choice, albeit one of the 
few choices, it seems, that we have left in this 
country. If being in the military — in and of 
itself — is so "un-punk", why did Steve join? 
Why does anyone? (My column in issue #154 
addresses this issue in some detail, so I won't 
go into it too much here.) 

Everyone joins for a reason, and the fact 
is that everyone has his or her own reason. I 



have a friend who came from a broken home. 
Her father was living with a woman who 
hated his ex-wife and their kids, so my friend 
wasn't welcome there. My friend's mother 
was a wreck: bouncing from job, to unem- 
ployment, to job, and using all of her money 
to support her drug habit. She wasn't wel- 
come there, either. What about her extended 
family: grandparents, uncles, aunts? No dice. 
No one was willing to help her out, except for 
the military. The local recruiter was in her 
school one day, talking to all of the students. 
Knowing how to manipulate kids well, the 
recruiter touched a nerve and found out that 
this seventeen year old was facing an uncer- 
tain future after graduation, so he explained 
that the military could offer food, clothing, 
shelter, and steady pay for three to six years. 
What do you say? What could she say? Sure, 
she couldhave said no. She could have thought 
of her political beliefs first, but she didn't 
Today she is a fully independent woman, 
using her knowledge of the military as fodder 
in her war against them, much as I am doing 
And she is definitely a punk. Definitely. 

This is where my points intertwine 
slightly. My story is also one of necessity, but 
at the same time follows an age-old truism of 
revolutionaries, which is to always know your 
enemy. My pre-military situation was one of 
despair, much like my friend's. I was flat 
broke, all alone, and desperate. I hadn't even 
seen my family in years, forget about living 
with them. I needed some motivation. My 
inspiration arrived in the form of an inter 
view with a high-ranking member of the CIA, 
which I foundin a local paper. In the article, 
the spook told tales of counterintelligence, 
and how "going to bed with your enemy" 
was the only way to know them well enough 
to fight them. Why not? It was a multi-year 
sacrifice, but it would be worth it. I would be 
going into Deep Cover, to use the CIA's own 
term, to spy on the enemy. 

My endeavors finally found fruition 
when Tim mentioned in the pages of Maxi- 
miimRocknRoll that he was looking for a guest 
column from a military punk's perspective. I 
wrote the column that appeared in issue #153, 
expecting a one-off anonymous shot, and 
ended up getting a forum to discuss issues of 
concern to military and non-military punks 
alike, on a monthly basis. My situation may 
sound slightly dramatic, but that is a moot 
point, at best. What I am getting at is that 
everybody has a reason for joining the mil 
tary. Even Steve. 

Boot Camp is not a fun place, and many 
people — even good, patriotic, Christian boys 
and girls — quickly decide that they want to 
be back home smoking pot, watching televi 
sion, and arguing with mom and dad over 
whether or not they are too old to be taking 
out the trash anymore. Many get out within 
the first few weeks. I begrudge them nothing 
Many wait until they get to the firing range 
and decide that they are Conscientious Ob- 
jectors. I begrudge them nothing, either. I 
don't honestly believe that anyone is stupid 
enough to think that they could join the mil- 
itary and not be taught to fire weapons and 
other ways to kill, but I don't have a problem 
with them. I have respect for Conscientious 
Objectors in general, but anyone — .like 
Steve — who waits until they are members of 



the Armed Forces (hello!) to decide upon this 
status, I have to wonder about. It all comes 
back to doing your homework, knowing what 
you're getting into, and thinking things 
through. 

Understand, I'm not attacking Steve. 
We are on the same team, as far as Fm con- 
cerned. I would just like to know why he 
joined in the first place, when he decided he 
was a Conscientious Objector, and, also, how 
he thinks going AWOL is a good answer. I, 
too, know the story of John Joseph. He is 
currently (last I heard) in a world of shit 
and debt — trying to get out of going to prison 
for the rest of his life. When you sign on that 
dotted line, you cease to be a person. You 
become Government Property. Walking away 
is not as easy as it sounds, nor is it such a good 
idea if prison sounds unappealing to you. 
Some never get caught, which is cool. Others 
don't get prosecuted, which is also cool. The 
numbers of those who remain free after going 
AWOL, however, are not in your favor. 

I think it boils down to a matter of 
integrity. If you commit to do something, you 
should have enough personal integrity and 
self-respect to see it through to its logical 
conclusion. Believe me, you can do a lot more 
damage from the inside, initially, and as a 
knowledgeable former member, later, than 
you can as someone who spends a few months 
doing meaningless details while awaiting sep- 
aration, then bitching about how fucked the 
system is with no personal experience to back 
it up. It is all about education. I think every- 
one needs to spend as much time as possible 
educating themselves, especially if they want 
to see a positive revolution. How are you 
going to take on (and eventually overthrow) 
the military if you know nothing about it? 
Soldiers and sailors who believe in the whole 
America the Beautiful" routine won't help 
you. They're liable to kill you. America s 
schools are not educating America's youth 
so it is up to the youth to educate themselves 
Read, talk, think, expand your horizons. De- 
velop good grammar, good vocabularies, 
good speaking techniques. You will need all 
of these qualities in order to successfully or- 
ganize and execute a revolution. Knowledge 
of the government, laws, penaj systems, mil- 
itary machine, past wars and revolutions, etc. 
will also be needed. Why do something har- 
assed and lose if you can do it right the first 
time, with proper education and planning, 
and win? 

Steve's thoughts on the budget, Bosnia, 
Kuwait, etc. were right on, but what can he do 
about it? Truthfully, what can any of us do 
about it? Not much that we're not already 
doing, but who do you honestly think would 
be more likely to get the bureaucrats worried, 
me or Steve? I have been playing their game 
for some time now, and fit in quite nicely, 
thank you very much. 

Imagine this scenario: You are in a big 
family, all living in the same house. There are 
roughly one hundred family members living 
with you. Suddenly, younger members of the 
group start turning up dead — murdered. 
The heads of the family have to ask them- 
selves, "Is it an inside job,"— one of the 
family members — "or is it an outside job?" — 
a stranger. Who do you think they would feel 
more threatened by, a stranger, whom they 



can control to a degree by keeping tighter 
security, or a family member who remains 
locked in the house with them? 

Why did Timothy McVeigh instantly 
become Public Enemy #1 in relation to the 
bombing in Oklahoma City? Why is the gov- 
ernment so intent on convicting him— wheth- 
er he is guilty or not? Because he is anti- 
government, and because he learned all kinds 
of neat things about bombs, guns, propagan- 
da, etc. in the Army. 

Steve's entire letter, as it applied to me, 
was based on my first column, the one I 
conceived as being a stand-alone, one time 
piece. I want to clear up a few things about 
that column and his perceptions of it, and I'd 
also like to invite him to read all of my other 
columns, especially this one and the one that 
appeared in last issue. 

About the phone call thing: thanks for 
the advice, but I know that all calls are mon- 
itored. The military now offers free access to 
the Internet and e-mail to most units, too 
Many units have official Web Sites, which 
interested military men and women are en- 
couraged to browse. Why? It is easier to mon- 
itor them than it is to bug phone calls, but the 
military does still bug all incoming and out- 
going phone calls to every military phone 
worldwide. Why, then, would I risk making 
long distance calls? Although I did say that I 
was talking on the phone, long distance, in 
that column, that is not exactly what I meant. 
(And I certainly know better than to use the 
phones in my work area.) If you are good 
with computers and, more specifically, mo- 
dems, you may have an idea of what I am 
doing to charge up the bill. Otherwise, I will 
leave it up to you to figure out. 

As for getting out, and helping others to 
do the same, read my column! Month after 
month, my goal is to help military punks cope 
with their situation until they can get out (the 
sooner the better), and to educate non-mem- 
bers to the evils of this life so they don't make 
the same mistakes. I do sometimes consider 
joining the military a mistake, in spite of what 
I said earlier in this column, but I don't regret 
it. It is important to know what you are up 
against in this world, and I had no idea that I 
was up against this much until I witnessed 
some of it first hand. Still, some days it is so 
frustrating to be stuck in this situation that I 
just want to explode. 

I don't know what else I can say to 
explain my position. I am getting damn close 
to my date of separation, by the way. Yes, I 
put up with all of the shit for the entire length 
of my enlistment, and still have some more 
shit to go through. I think lama better person 
for it, however, and guilt by association is not 
always applicable to military members; i.e. I 
maybe ' in it", according to Steve, but I am 
most certainly not supporting all of the evil 
shit the military complex is involved in. 

I am a bit player, in a relatively unim- 
portant job, at an insignificant location, doing 
meaningless shit for uninvolved people. The 
big wheels keep on turning, with or without 
me, and I am doing nothing to keep them in 
motion. On the contrary, I am working from 
the inside in an attempt to rust out the cogs 
and chains before they can snare more inno- 
cent youth and turn them into killers. If you 
don't like the fact that someone can use some- 



thing like the military for their own purposes 
for a few years, yet maintain their individ ual- 
ity and ideals, I am sorry. Stay in your little 
closed-minded world. Just don't be surprised 
when the revolution comes and we pass right 
by you on the way to the Capital... and we 
don't even stop to say hello. 

ENDNOTES: Intelligent comments, 
questions, criticism can be directed to the 
letters section. I'm always looking for topics 
and ideas to address. 

Once again, the address for Central 
Committee for Conscientious Objectors is 
655 Sutter #514, SF, CA 94102, or call 1-800- 
NO-JROTC. Send stamps or a donation for 
A. W.O.L., a great zine they produce. It is filled 
with tips on fighting the military machine. I 
gave a short review of issue #1 a couple of 
columns ago. 

Also, try writing War Resisters League, 
339 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, for 
information. 

Local recruiters love phone calls and 
visits from the community. Lots of phone 
calls and visits. Show a little love, and pester 
a recruiter today. Bye kiddies. 




Well, it's all about to start again. And I 
couldn't be any happier! I was out cruising 
with my friends and I came across more hot 
buns wrapped in black leather than I knew 
what to do with. Someone get me a doggie 
bag please... I thought the whole world nad 

gone perverted. But then I remembered that 
•ore Alley Fair was being held that Sunday. 
And my how it has grown! From what I hear, 
back in the day, Dore Alley, hosted one of the 
hottest sidewalk sales in town. At 2 am when 
all the south of Market bars would close, boys 
and men from all over would gather here and 
make sure that no one would go home alone. 
Dore Alley used to be the more intimate of the 
leather fairs, taking up just the alley behind 
San Francisco's famous queer leather stop, 
The Eagle. Leatherboys and leatherdaddies 
frolicked amongst friends and family; not too 
many mainstreamers ventured near this one. 
Now, I love my fellow leatherbrothers, but 
this fair is boy time. I like to play where I am 
going to get noticed. To my surprise, this 
year, most of Folsom Street was blocked off 
also. And it was packed ! Mom and Dad were 
even found trying on collars! Oh, well. I guess 
it's attraction is growing. Just another re- 
minder that Folsom Street is right around the 
corner . Let the sale begin! 

I have had the busiest time of my life 
these past months. I got my first speaking role 
in an independent film and we just got done 
filming last week. A great script by a first time 
director about being young, queer, and Jew- 
ish in college. The funniest scenes actually 
took place off camera, but I'm sure that s 



usually the case. I played the young out baby 
dyke on campus. The director said I could 
piay her any way I felt right, so I played her, 
well, a lot like me. His first reaction was 
wonderful! "Dog collar... that's great... ooh, 
so New York." After that, he started using me 
in a lot more scenes until one of the crew 
asked if I was the eye candy of the movie 
Well, whatever keeps the asses in the seats.. 
The last scene we shot, the "martini" they call 
it, just happened to be the scene where I am 
having sex with my girlfriend. Simulated, 
thank you. No skin flicks for Queenie just yet 
My price is way too high. Anyway, in this 
scene, I am supposed to nave an orgasm. We 
must have shot that scene over 20 times, til I 
was pissed, tired and dry. Finally, I wanted it 
all to end so I came like nobody's business 
and I got rewarded with catcalls and cheers 
from the cast, the crew and the director him 
self. There is nothing like having people cheer 
you on and clap as you orgasm; I highly 
recommend it for all ofyou who feel that your 
sex life if becoming a tad boring. 

On the home front, I got a new house 
mate. He's one of those quiet looking boys. 
When we were interviewing, he came dressed 
all in blue, wearing running shoes, and car- 
ried a backpack. Having just graduated from 
Ann Arbor with a degree in Medieval Stud 
ies, he seemed like an unlikely match for 
three over the top perverts like us. But when 
I asked why he left Michigan, he said that he 
wanted to take computer classes here so he 
could create a 3D simulation of Ancient Rome, 
including a medieval dungeon. Hell, any boy 
that wants to create a dungeon seemed like 
the perfect choice! So Aaron moved in and 
never again have I seen him wear the color 
blue. The running shoes were borrowed; the 
backpack thrown away. Natural fibers can- 
not touch his body; it's polyester or pleather 
only please! And he won't walk if he can't 
wear nis platforms. . . This self identified cheer- 
leader-prosititute works at a conservative in- 
surance company downtown. Now that's a 
laugh! My favorite part of the day is seeing 
him come home from work dressed in his suit 
(wearing his four inch platforms, dress shoes 
in a bag) go into his room, spin around like 
Wonder Woman, and emerge in orange vi- 
nyl. He's the greatest addition to our house 
since we hooked up that sling in the back 
porch... 

Til next time, try on some latex, the all 
over body kind, not just the 6 inch variety (oh 
excuse me, 10 inches) and as always, play 

hard. 




Around the age of 14, my friend, Ben, 
got his first legitimate job (as opposed to the 
under-the-table assignments we could get 



where young people are enticed into working 
coal-mining-type construction jobs by earn- 
ing $1 00/day, tax-free, only to wake up the 
next morning coughing up blood because 
their guts were all ripped apart by all the tiny 
particles that were inhaled on the clock). He 
was the stock boy at a liquor store. One day he 
began experimenting with what he could fit 
through the opening in the back door where 
a doorknob used to be (bottles, cans, ciga- 
rettes, porno mags...); I, consequently, was 
waiting on the other side with some empty 
duffle bags. We, previously ignored and un- 
popular, made a lot of friends and a lot of 
money our first year in high school (we were 
a regular John Hughes film) until his mom 
found our "stash." 

Shortly after the police lectured us, at 
Ben's moms' request, the county fair start- 
ed setting up a couple miles down the road. 
Like many counties, the fair rolls in once a 
year and the hordes of limb-missing, tooth- 
less, burn-victim "carnies" with it. In my 
wee years I was genuinely afraid of those 
"people" but, as I got older, I realized their 
annual presence was the only thing keep- 
ing my town from being as tight as the 
assholes of the people running it. I also 
found out that the "carnies" (short for "car- 
nival employees," the people who travel 
with the fair and operate the rides and game 
concessions from county to county) were 
pretty much indentured slaves, making less 
than the fair owners charged them for the 
permits they needed to run their amuse- 
ment rides/games, at least that's what the 
family of four (dog included), who operat- 
ed and slept under the Pirate's Escape ride, 
told me. Ben and 1 decided to render our 
services to Burgers and Fries (a place that, 
ironically, sold burgers and fries) for $3.50/ 
hour, 12-16 hours/day, for 16 days. Now, I 
will forego describing the dangerously foul 
food preparation by leaving out how we 
would hide live flies in the lettuce, or use 
phony rubber burgers, and I will neglect to 
list the kinds of things that somehow "fell" 
into the fry vat, but proceed only to say that 
we robbed the place silly. The stand was a 
licensed fair concession which means it was 
ultimately run by some fat-cat who paid the 
county a small sum of money so he could 
run his crappy little shack however he want- 
ed; illegal child labor, low wages, unsani- 
tary conditions, whatever... I was assigned 
the register in front of the trailer while Ben 
was inside, in charge of filling whatever 
food orders I gave him. Following his new- 
ly developed kleptomaniacal tendencies, 
Ben searched, and found, the bank for the 
trailer. I first became aware of this when I 
called back for him to serve me two cheese- 
burgers. A minute later he gave me three 
Styrofoam burger-boxes and told me to 
check them to see if they were "OK." I 
checked and found that two of the cartons 
did have cheeseburgers, and the other was 
full of twenty dollar bills. This sort of ex- 
change went on for a couple of days, giving 
us each a couple hundred bucks a day, until 
Ben got a little out of hand and took more 
money than the place had made that day. 
The next morning we were arrested. By 
some very strange coincidence, the follow- 
ing morning the money thought to be miss- 



ing reappeared, the charges were dropp^^ 
we were back at work, and our 9-fingered 
boss was offering us (then 15 years old) 
some staple-of-the-fair Budweiser. (The next 
year I opted not to work in the fair-food 
industry but instead in theparking lot where 
every day was spent nursing a water cooler 
that had been rigged to dispense only color- 
ful mixed drinks. Other activities included 
directing incoming traffic straight out the 
exit, peeing on the door handles of smart- 
ass drivers, and taking bribes from people 
who wanted to park closer to the entrance 
gate, and all for around $8/hour!) 

When the fair ended Ben and I were 
living large (having only curtailed our theft 
enough to not make it obvious) but the 
funds were dwindling fast. Soon we were 
desperate for a low-labor, high-return job 
We decided to go into business for our- 
selves by "working the mall." Basically this 
entailed walking into random stores to 
wards the cash register and grabbing ev 
erything without a tag on the way. When he 
or 1 would get to the counter we would have 
a handful ugly clothes (hence, no security 
tag) that we "got for our birthday, and 
would rather have cash for." After the 
Christmas season, when returned purchas- 
es are high, we could pull in a thousand 
dollars a week, each Unfortunately this all 
ended when state investigators came to 
Ben's house (while he was at school) to "ask 
a few questions." According to Ben's moms' 
roommate (who answered the door) he was 
#2 and I was #9 on a list on 12 people who 
had returned unusually large amounts of 
merchandise to Macy's without a receipt in 
the last month ($2400 and $800, respective- 
ly). # I was somewhere in the $30,000 dollar 
range and even made it into the paper, 
while, I hope (knock, knock), we were for- 
gotten (Ben was notified the next day that 
he would be hauled in for questioning, but 
it never happened). 

Since then, Ben has been fired from 
every single job he has had, from getting 
caught in the grocery market freezer eating 
some ice cream and drinking some beer, to 
eating somebody's pizza while he was on his 
way to deliver it, to picking up on Pamela 
Anderson Lee as he waited on her and Tom- 
my in a restaurant. Last I heard he was selling 
bibles in New Jersey as a fugitive from Cali- 
fornia. Legend has it, a friend once told him 
how easy it was to sneak into the gas station 
he worked at, so Ben gave it a try. Instead of 
sneaking in, getting what he wanted, and 
leaving, Ben snuck in, grabbed a sandwich, a 
Snapple, and a candy bar, and sat down and 
ate them. When he was done he cleaned up 
everything, threw it all away, wiped off the 
counter, and climbed back out. Eight months 
later police arrested him after identifying his 
fingerprints. Me? I'm working at an insur- 
ance company and I spend my time "borrow- 
ing" pens, staplers, and clocks, asking for 
time off, and figuring out my paychecks (guess 
where I'm typing this). 

Please send us your story about a job you 've 
had, good or bad, or some scam or revenge thing 
you or a friend or co-worker pulled in order to 
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Hasn't been a lot going on in my life 
lately. Which means fortunately for you all , 
you re subjected to my random bitching less 
and less frequently. Also things that would 
have offended me a few years ago, I just sort 
ofbrushoffandsay "Whatever... aboutmore 
and more often. I think this is especially true 
when it comes to punk rock for example; 
lately I just don't give a fuck about a band's 
stupidity (at least to a certain degree) as long 
as it rocks. While this doesn't mean that I'm 
going to go out and start collecting racist 
black metal records, or Mentors records (who 
definitely don't "rock" by any stretch of the 
imagination) it simply means I no longer 
expect my politics and my record collection 
to run in parallel directions. 

When an Epicenter worker told me that 
1 was apolitical a few months ago, I was 
initially incensed andjokingly offered to meet 
him in the sandbox at five. Of course the fact 
that it was four- thirty in the afternoon on a 
Saturday, and I came bouncing in somewhat, 
all right rather, drunk off my butt, probably 
didn t help the situation. Nor did the selec- 
tions I held in my hand; both the Gears CD, 
and something else - 1 think the Boozers LP or 
something like that - basically nothing with 
any socially redeeming qualities. It was time 
to face the music, time to pay the piper, time 
to admit the truth to myself: I had become one 
one those curmudgeons whose first concern 
with their punk was the sheer rockingness of 
it. Ai yai yai...I was a fallen ex-peace punk.... 
A few months later and I've started going to 
hardcore shows again , because A.) I still like 
hardcore and B.) I can't stand effete snobbery, 
something I think plagues the garage scene. 
But given my druthers between seeing a bunch 
of well meaning kids in hooded sweatshirts 
singing about the trees, or a bunch of drunk 
"assholes" up on stage releasing pure rock n 
roll raunch, I'll be seeing the Motards every 
time. 

Speaking of which they (the Motards) 
and the Xrays put on a great show a couple of 
weeks ago, had a ton of fun, only downside 
was that the Fumes who were also part of this 
mini Empty Rec's tour were unable to make it 
down to play here. Oh well, a universally 
good time seemed to be had by all regardless. 
It's been a decent enough summer for 
shows so far, just got back from Las Vegas 
recently, where I spent four days for Louie 
the Letch's Crap Out. Saw some great bands 
most notably (at least to me) the Fells, Drags, 
Lord High Fixers, and my current musical 
heartthrobs the Oblivions - who to me epito- 
mize everything sexy about punk: they're not 
bad looking, they've got this great somewhat 
detached, supercilious stage presence, and 
they play some darn wonderful trashed out 



blues, which makes you want to grab the first 
cute young thing to walk by and start making 
out like crazy. Las Vegas itself though is one 
strange city: it's Babylon - a city built com- 
pletely upon other people's suffering and 
misery. On the cab ride to the airport we 
asked our driver if he knew what Las Vegas' 
suicide statistics were like, and although he 
chose to flatly ignore us, Mike Lucas proceed- 
ed to regale us with a story of some pathetic 
rube who walked into a casino, put down a 
couple of hundred grand on - 1 don't remem- 
ber, roulette or something and promptly lost 
it all. Said loser then went back to his room 
and promptly offed himself - hoping to be 
memorialized as a gambling martyr at the 
table where he lost it. 

There are also apparently, no pigeons 
in Las Vegas. However one thing Vegas does 
seems to have is an overabundance sets fake 
breasts, collected in one small area Don't ask 
why I noticed these things, I couldn't help it 
though... First two nights I was there I stayed 
at this hotel called the Rainbow Vegas whose 
only claim to fame seemed to be the lack of air 
conditioning, or edible food, oh yeah, that 
and it was packed with these Dutch and 
French military guys who were either busy 
getting shit faced in the lobby dressed in their 
fatigues, or getting shit faced by the pool in 
their Speedos. EEK!!! There's nothing like 
going to the pool for an early morning dip, 
only to discover yourself surrounded by a 
bunch of drunks wearing fluorescent banana 
hammocks. I lasted about two minutes before 
I was completely embarrassed and ran back 
up to my room. (I believe that in the interest 
of international relations, some things are 
best left a mystery- if you know what I mean.) 
I was also followed back to Chez Rainbow 
one afternoon by an elderly gentleman in flip 
flops who started up a conversation by ad- 
dressing me as "Hey Madonna, Madonna." 
he then proceeded to ask "Are those tattoos 
real?" "Yeah." "Did you pay money for 
them?" "Grunt..." "What do you do for a 
living?" "Wha'? I work in an office..." (at this 
point I'm starting to clue into what's transpir- 
ing, and am trying to hoof it away as quickly 
as I can.) "Oh you mean you're not a 'fun 
girl'?" ...And here I thought Las Vegas would 
be the one city I could indulge in my secret 
love of short dresses and high heeled sandals, 
how silly I was. 

On an upside to this "den of iniquity", 
I noticed that unlike San Francisco the male 
populace at shows actually spoke to me. (I 
wasn't the only gal from The City to notice 
this unique and highly unusual phenomena.) 
Even more bizarre was that it was generally 
speaking quite polite; "Hi, I'm blah blah blah, 
where are you from, what bands are you here 
to see?" Can't say that it bothered me either... 
I'm still torn on whether twenty four hour 
drinking, and the lassez faire attitude of walk- 
ing from casino to casino with bottle in hand 
is a good or bad thing. There is something 
somewhat evil about watching the sun come 
up three nights in a row, and knowing that 
you could just walk back over to the Horse- 
shoe and for a dollar get another Heineken, or 
you could be the smart punk and go up' to 
your room and sleep until two. A definite 
downside to Las Vegas - or at least to the 
laces I went - was the lack of GOOD beer 



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and /or coffee. It's strange, I wonder: Is there 
a correlation between a lack of pigeons and a lack 
of good coffee? Saturday, before neading down 
to the show I wandered all over Fremont 
Street desperately trying to find a quick caf- 
feine fix; much to my dismay I was forced to 
resort going to one of those dives that sells 
dice clocks and t-shirts which say "I lost my . . . ." 
in Las Vegas - fill in the blank with an air- 
brushed mule... Sheesh. I guess in a way it 
makes sense, who really wants to drink coffee 
when it's one hundred and seven in the shade, 
and so arid one finds oneself prone to chronic 
nosebleeds. However I did come out fifty 
dollars ahead on the slots, and now in fact 
own a dice clock myself, so I can't complain 
too much. Sunday night, we went to the Hol- 
iday Inn on the Strip where we snuck into 
catch the Unknown Comic - who you may or 
may not remember from the Gong Show. It's 
1996 and the guy's still telling jokes to blue 
hairs about herpes - ohmigawd slay me now. 

Another interesting occurrence for me, 
was the young porn starbrought in on night 
one to introduce the bands. Weighing it at 
about ninety pounds soaking wet and, oh I 
dunno - maybe five feet tall, with the most 
amazing breasts I have ever seen. (Is it it me, 
but I'm starting to feel like Nerb with all this 
"teat talk".) Anyway I don't have a lot of 
experience with implants, mine are mine, and 
so are most of my girlfriend's. But those things 
were incredible, they were so flawless it's 
insane. You just know this woman can go 
running down a flight of stairs braless, and 
there's scarcely a bobble, much less the in- 
tense discomfort most of us real-boobed wom- 
en would feel. Although I will admit to some 
curiosity as to what these water wings felt 
like, and hoped at least on some level I could 
get drunk enough to poke said bags of sili- 
cone. Or is that silicon? Nah in that case, one 
might say "Thank you for using Breastbot... 
But common sense prevailed, and I knew 
what a truly fucked up thing walking up to 
some woman and grabbing her breast is, so I 
refrained. So Miss what ever her name was, 
gets hauled up on stage wearing this amazing 
outfit of teeny black not pants, and this crop 
top small enough that it should off the lower 
quarter of her breasts - which she repeatedly 
adjusted to make sure it only showed off one 
quarter of her boobs, and not say five-eighths 
of her breasts were showing - she giggles and 
announces in her breathy little girl voice "Is 
everybody having fun? Tee hee. Next up is 
the Insomniacs. Tee hee." Oh yeah and for an 
additional five clams you could have a Po 
laroid taken of her sitting on your lap cud 
dling. Weird, I didn't get it - utterly harmless, 
but still alien to me. As it was I groaned aloud, 
and went outside to yak it up instead. 

I vaguely had a notion of trying to get 
hitched while I was there, because two doors 
down from my hotel was one of those Vegas 
style chapels, which was right next door to 
the "Happy Bail Bondsmen' , which was next 
to an espresso bar, and directly across the 
street from the county lock up. What a night 
you could have for yourself in a radius of 
approximately 50 yards: win a couple of bucks 
at the slots, knock back a few free drinks, 
wander outdoors, go right, get married, get 
arrested, get out on tail, and go top it off with 
a nice cappacino. Unfortunately the only per- 



son who seemed interested was a nice fellow 
who chatted me up right outside the chapel. 
Of course this nice fellow also seemed to be 
fairly afflicted with Down's Syndrome, so 
I'm not entirely sure what the legal ramifica- 
tions would be, and just how I'd explain that 
one to the folks... 




PIONEERS OF PUNK: 
the column 



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Loads of great stuff this month, girls 
Let's start with an ambitious reissue project 
by One Way Records to release all of the 
Ventures' 1960s work (not counting the "In 
Space" album, readily available on another 
label and which has already helped create 
Man Or Astroman?). 

That's 13 discs total, each combining 
two original albums plus bonus tracks. I've 
got the first five so far, and the prime nuggets 
of stripped-down garage surf tucked inside 
are beating me upside the head and pound 
ing my hi-fi without mercy. 

The beauty of the Ventures is all too 
easy to overlook nowadays. They were the 
simplest of instrumental bands, no flashy 
moves or memorable drunken tour episodes. 
Everything they recorded seems deliriously 
un-ironic, done with real love of the material 
and fun-loving spirit. You won't find one- 
mewling, tortured soul among these brush- 
cut Tacoma boys — strictly understated Mos- 
rite guitars slung over button-down shirts, 
but so supremely cookin' underneath. 

The "Walk Don't Run" and "Walk Don't 
Run Vol. 2" albums make up the first set, with 
standouts the crunchy "No Trespassing" and 
sublime "Pedal Pusher." By the way, the cov- 
er photo of "Walk Don't Run" is famous for 
not being the real band but a gang of goofy 
stand-ins. Notice the sunglasses and blurred 
faces of the impostors and the major screw- 
up of a hollow body Gretsch occupying front 
and center. 

Next, I dig the "Go With The Ventures! / 
Batman Theme" pairing, particularly for the 
latter disc's spy-guitar "Get Smart Theme" 
and Batman-derived tuneslike "Zocko!" and 
"The Cape," both miles above the self-con- 
sciously smug cartoon songs you hear today. 

There's so much material here, but "An- 
other Smash/The Ventures" pulls in the 
mighty "Perfidia," and "Where The Action 
Is/Knock Me Out!" powers you through two 
albums dense with hits. The only misstep so 
far is pairing "Twist With The Ventures" and 
"Twist Party Vol. 2", which sound great sep- 
arately but border on Twist O-D after 24 cuts 
back-to-back. 

I'll run down the remaining eight CDs 
when they come out, natch. 

"Just Rockin' & Rollin'" is a sweet new 
treat from rockabilly legend Ronnie Dawson 
just out on Upstart/No Hit. This was the 
Dallas tyke who cut "Rockin' Bones" (cov 



ered by the Cramps) and "Action Packed" 
and was nicknamed The Blond Bomber for 
his perfect blond flat-top back in the 1950s. 
He went MIA for decades, returning a few 
years ago with a hard-core live show you 
couldn't believe was comin' from a man his 
age. He looks 20 years younger than Johnny 
Cash, for one thing, and rocks a hundred 
times harder. 

His new disc, recorded at Toe Rag (!) 
with Bruce Brand of Thee Headcoats on skins, 
is a pure, heartfelt hard rockabilly set, perfect 
for psychobilly fans, too. No hint of nostalgia 
here at all, a cheesy ploy that record compa- 
nies unfortunately try to wrap around most 
older guys' newer tunes. I guess it's all to win 
sympathy and mold the great rockers of yore 
into elder statesmen when they're mostly 
rowdy drunks who'd rather just go crazy to a 
saloon full of fans. Anything recent by Jerry 
Lee or Carl Perkins comes to mind. 

No. The guitars bite, songs are about 
bad girls and gambling. The Blond Bomber is 
back, God bless 'em. And while we're at it: 
God bless booze. 




I was watching the local TV news on 
Channel 2, July 26th, 1996, when they report- 
ed there had been an explosion in Atlanta's 
Centennial Park, in the middle of Olympics 
festivities. Channel 2 didn't have much to 
add as the event happened while they were 
on the air, and they had just gotten word. I did 
what many people do in the event of a major 
breaking news story, I tuned in CNN. After a 
while I started switching around to other 
stations in an attempt to piece together a more 
complete and more satisfactory picture of 
what had happened. While switching sta- 
tions I threw a tape in the VCR, mainly taping 
CNN, sometimes recording parts of other 
networks coverage as well. What follows is a 
depiction of the way the media covered this 
story, based mainly on my transcription of 
seven hours of tape. 

CNN's coverage shortly after the blast 
consisted of studio anchor Judy Woodruff 
and an on scene reporter talking over video- 
tape shot 15 minutes or so previous, instead 
oflive footage which would have provided a 
more accurate picture of the scene. Initially 
CNN urges viewers not to speculate that a 
bomb was responsible for the blast. CNN in 
fact speculates that it may have been a trans- 
former explosion. That theory obviously 
doesn't fit the facts, but apparently CNN feels 
they are acting more responsibly by suggest- 
ing an explanation other than terrorism. A 
woman passerby who was in the park is 
interviewed, and asked if she believes a trans- 
former may have exploded. She says she 
doubts that's the case since the lights and 



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power remained on. No witnesses report the 
toxic chemical smell that would accompany a 
transformer explosion, and in addition the 
blast appears to have been ground level. Still, 
CNN persists in suggesting the possibility of 
a transformer explosion, and urges viewers 
not to jump to conclusions. One half hour 
after the blast CNN reports, "The Associated 
Press is reporting that a morgue attendant 
says he has been told that 4 people have been 
killed, and in addition the Associated Press is 
reporting that hundreds of people have been 
injured....". Keep in mind that CNN head- 
quarters are several blocks away from the 
incident, yet they are quoting AP as the source 
of their information. Woodruff then intro- 
duces another in studio reporter who has a 
live interview with "... some people who 
were very very close when this happened 
The reporter then introduces 2 individuals, 
who turn out to be a CNN producer and his 
wife who are interviewed over video identi- 
fied on screen as "Earlier". CNN estimates 
the time of the blast at 1:20 AM; odd consid- 
ering it was actually 1:25 AM, and CNN is 
located 3 blocks away and had personnel 
within earshot of the blast. At 2:53 AM Lynden 
Soles takes over as anchor and shows a video- 
tape of an interview with Olympic swimmer 
Janet Evans, which caught the bomb blast in 
the background. There is initially no verbal 
mention of the tape having been taken by 
German television, but a credit does appear 
on screen. It's now almost 35 minutes since 
the bomb went off, and most of the time has 
been spent talking over previously taped foot- 
age. A reporter does a voice over of a police 
car driving down the street as, "... and there 
you see the response of police...". Fed up 
with this crap I decide to give the local CBS 
affiliate a try. They have a full screen graphic 
titled "What We Know", which reports the 
same information CNN had reported, all of 
which would be proven wrong within a cou 



pie hours! Maybe the graphic should have 
read "What We Guess". The local station then 
goes to the David Letterman show, and I 
decide to give ESPN a shot. They have good 
taped footage and good live on scene cover- 
age as well. The ESPN reporter is calm and 
articulate. So calm in fact that he literally 
didn't miss a beat when the bomb went off in 
the background earlier while he was reading 
Olympic boxing results. He gives accurate 
information andmakes no speculations, even 
mentioning that ESPN has no confirmed ex- 
planation of what may have caused the blast. 
ESPN then turns their over coverage to WSB, 
a local Atlanta station. WSB reports that sev- 
eral witnesses reported that police had asked 
people to move away from the bomb blast 
area prior to the explosion. WSB also reports 
confirmation of shrapnel at the scene and 
express the probability of a bomb. I surf over 
to NBC, the official Olympic station. Before 
long, news anchor Tom Brokaw arrives on 
the scene to take over. Brokaw explains the 
time and location of the blast, giving the time 
as 1:15 AM. He says that the FBI has con- 
firmed the blast was an explosive device, and 
that "...it has probably killed at least 4 peo- 
ple...", and explains that there is no confir- 
mation of any fatalities yet. Brokaw specu- 
lates that the bomb was "probably pretty 
crude", and that there had been a suspicious 



package at the base of the structure where the 
explosion occurred. Brokaw's voice is over 
the now predictable mix of taped and live 
footage. At 3:30 AM CNN begins to replace 
the previous 2 hours of misguided specula- 
tion with fact. They air a home video showing 
the blast from a distance, taken by tourist 
Robert Gee, who was in the park at the time of 
the incident. The tape is shown repeatedly 
while Woodruff corrects previous informa- 
tion CNN reported, and stumbles through 
the following awkward apology; "This infor- 
mation is coming into CNN inbits and pieces 
We're trying to bring it to you in the audience 
as soon as we can, uh but of course we always 
want to be as absolutely accurate as we possi- 
bly can be. Sometimes we have to bring you 
incomplete information, we don't have the 
whole story, but we are when we have, when 
we have, when we have those official num- 
bers we bring them to you just as fast as we, as 
we can." CNN reports that authorities be- 
lieve the explosive device was a pipe bomb. 
CNN then cuts to another in studio interview 
with an "eyewitness". The eyewitness is in- 
trod uced as a production assistant with CNN. 
She is interviewed over the Robert Gee video, 
which must now be almost as familiar to 
viewers as the Rodney King video. When 
asked for her feelings about the blast, the 
woman responds, "I m completely scared". 
The next insightful Q and A is, Q: "You said 
you're glad to be alive?" A: "100%". At 3:45 
AM CNN makes one of it's biggest fuck ups 
ever, courtesy of reporter Bonnie Anderson, 
who reports incorrectly that police had just 
found 2 more bombs in the park!! I switch 
back to NBC who are interviewing Mark 
Field, an NBC cameraman. He reports that he 
actually saw the bomb go off. He reports that 
it was in a green knapsack, contradicting 
CNN who were saying the bomb was in a 
paper bag. Field explains that police had asked 
him to move away from the suspicious knap- 
sack prior to the explosion, but even though 
he was able to move away, the NBC reporter 
he was with was struck by shrapnel, and 
went down with serious injuries. By 4 AM 
NBC is crediting an A, T & f security guard 
with discovering the bomb and evacuating 
the scene. Tom Brokaw announces a hospital 
report of a confirmed fatality of a middle 
aged man who had a heart attack at the scene. 
NBC then goes to a live press conference held 
by the Olympic Committee. The conference is 
brief, offers minimal information, but it's an- 
nounced that the games will go on as sched- 
uled. NBC cuts away from the press confer- 
ence when a French Olympic official begins 
answering questions in French. NBC then 
makes their big screw up for the night as 
Brokaw reports, "One of our people in New 
York who has very good sources within the 
Washington intelligence community, Bob 
Windrum, is telling us this morning that a 
second bomb was found!" Back to CNN who 
is interviewing their in house bomb expert 
Art Harris. After Harris explains that his sourc- 
es indicate the device was a pipe bomb Woo- 
druff asks a series of questions. Q: "Art, what 
is a pipe bomb?" A: "Well, it's generally con- 
sidered to be a bomb that's made from a piece 
of pipe." Q: "A metal pipe?" A: A metalpipe 
stuffed full of explosives. . . makes this a very 
deadly weapon because the pipe in effect can 



turn into shrapnel. "CNN then goes to Charles 
Bierbauer in Washington D.C, who has ex- 
plosives expert, and former Secret Service 
agent Jack McGeorge. McGeorge is asked if 
"pipe bomb" is a generic term, or a distinct 
thing. A: "Pipe bomb would be a very distinct 
thing Charles. A small section of pipe typical- 
ly, ... and as Art pointed out it would be 
packed with an explosive." Next up it's a 
hospital spokesperson who informs the as- 
sembled media that even with the bomb blast 
the hospital was actually seeing fewer serious 
injuries than they usually get on a Friday 
night. At 5:45 AM CNN interviews someone 
who amazingly enough doesn't work for 
CNN, Mark Smith, an audio engineer who 
worked in the mix tower where the blast 
occurred. He credits an A, T & T security 
guard named Richard as discovering the bomb 
and quickly doing a "phenomenal" job of 
evacuating the premises two minutes before 
the blast, saving a lot of lives. Smith adds, 
'Thank God for the A, T & T security guy!" A 
choked up Smith adds, "I thank the Lord for 
being alive. . ., just especially to see the police 
officer", and then looks into the camera al- 
most tearfully and adds "I mean whoever 
you are I hope you're OK, it didn't look 
good". At 6 AM CNN recaps the night's 
events on their morning news. They say two 
people were killed, and attribute their previ- 
ous reporting of four deaths to four people 
lying on the ground in the fetal position! 
CNN never mentions their erroneous report 
of two more bombs being found in the park, 
and that report remains uncorrected and un- 
explained despite five hours of continuous 
coverage. At 6:29 AM CNN's Woodruff is still 
reporting the time of the blast as 1:20 AM, 
although 1:25 had been clearly confirmed as 
the correct time hours earlier. An inarticulate 
Woodruff then blunders again stating, "...as 
we've learned, of course throughout this night, 
that park is open to the public and there is no 
security, h ence this uh terrible terrible incident ." 



A remarkable statement considering the pre- 
vious 5 hours of coverage containing perhaps 
hundreds of mentions of the considerable 
security presence in the park, and the remark- 
able job they had done of discovering the 
bomb and clearing the area just prior to the 
blast. Lynden Soles then again takes over for 
the barely coherent Woodruff, and at 6:35 
finally admits in a brief mention that Bonnie 
Anderson's report of two more bombs being 
found had not been officially confirmed, a 
master stroke of understatment regarding 
the false report. Soles mentions Anderson by 
name, which must do a lot for her job security. 
At 7:17 AM CNN's Art Harris returns to 
break the news that law enforcement had 
received a warning call before the explosion 
which lead them to investigate. My tape runs 
out at 8:30 AM, by which time the Robert Gee 
video must have been shown over one hun- 
dred times. There are no new revelations 
from CNN, who spend that final hour repeat- 
ing the same information, videotapes, and 
interviews, over and over ad nauseum. 

I don't want to rate the coverage of the 
various networks, but I will say that if I ever 
see CNN's Judy Woodruff attempt to cover 
breaking news again, I'll make a break for any 
other station. I do think it's worth mentioning 
that when the TV stations were giving a con- 1 



fused and conflicted portrait of events I got 
on the internet, and got accurate information 
from the USA Today web site. I'm afraid the 
bottom line on TV news is in fact the bottom 
line. It's a TV show and it's supposed to make 
a profit. Good quality reportage costs a lot 
more than speculation. Guesswork is real 
cheap, and so is reading press releases and 
trying to pass it off as news. In the last 15 years 
TV news has gone from mostly facts to mostly 
speculation and press releases of one type or 
another. In fact, Richard Jewell, the security 
guard /hero at the Atlanta bomb blast was 
named by the media as "the prime suspect", 
and "the focus of the investigation" just a day 
later. The many news reports used exactly the 
same words, and attributed the revelations to 
"sources within the Justice Department" . Two 
days later whether or not Jewell was guilty 
depended on your network preference; CBS, 
not guilty; NBC, guilty; ABC, one reporter 
indicates probable guilt, followed by another 
indicating probable innocence. Accurate news 
coverage is a prerequisite for a democracy, 
but Reagan era media deregulation has turned 
the public trust over to Disney, Time-Warner, 
etc., and told them not to let the public inter- 
est stand in the way of making a Duck. There 
may soon be a day when we'll all get a good 
laugh at the idea that Americans once got 
their news from TV, but for now Americans 
aren't poorly informed, they're wrongly in- 
formed, and that information is the precari- 
ous foundation of our democracy. Stay tuned 
because after these messages we'll be back with a 
new study that shoius you can actually lose weight 
by simply eating less! 




How do you speak to the prettiest girl? You 
say "Hello Baby. " 

— Lou Reed 

Carve diem, carpe cunum, carpe penum. 

— The Fugs 

Scene 1: I'm in a late night Berkeley 
coffee shop. It could be Dennys. There's me, 
Ms. K, and Adrienne. Adrienne, you might 
know, is only girl with more than a thimble- 
sized butt who gives me an instant hard-on. 
The four of us (me, Ms. K, Adrienne and my 
hard-on) talk about SPITBOY's up-coming 
tour to Japan. 

"Mykel," says Adrienne, "You speak 
Japanese. I need to know how to say wanna 
fuck? in Japanese." 

I tell her. She practices it a few times. 

"I hope it'll work." she says. 

Scene two: I'm at a bar in New York. It's 
a theme bars, with toys on the wall, baby 
shoes hanging from the mirror, a little play- 
pen in the back. I'm drunk enough to over- 
come my egomaniacal shyness. I'm so drunk, 
in fact, that I find it difficult to maintain my 
balance on the ever-shifting barstool. 



A girl sits one stool over from me. Thin, 
short hair, about twenty years old. She's got a 
dark complexion and narrow intense eyes. 
Her nose is strong, as is her chin. Not too 
large, but not weak and droopy. A small 
birthmark dots her left temple, near the hair- 
line. Her drink (something yellow) is in her 
right hand. Her left hand rests casually on the 
empty stool between us. 

"Hello," I say to her, melting her make- 
up with my alcoholic breath. 

She looks away. Not interested. 

Quickly, I switch to the stool were her 
hand is, sliding my crotch against her. I'm 
hard and ready for action. 

Not blinking (she must've rehearsed 
the line), she says to me. "That's ok. Just put 
it on the bar. I'll smoke it later." 

OK, I've lost. I'm defeated. I feel like 
shit — but how much worse if I hadn't tried? 

Scene 3: I'm in Seoul, Korea. It's my 
vacation from Mongolia; so far, an unpleas- 
ant one. I'm staying at the YMCA for $30 a 
night. It's not an action-filled residence. 

Now, I'm at a punk rock club. I'd heard 
about the place from a guy in a music store. 
It's dingy. Hard to fincf Dark inside with a 
long beer bar. A TV shows MTV clips on one 
end of the bar. There' re a few tables around a 
small stage. Except for the MTV, it could be 
CBGBs. 

The band, HOT DOG, isn't bad. They 
do a fine cover of Search & Destroy with the 
singer screaming from a supine position on 
the floor. (This was months before Nike dis- 
covered Iggy.) I love watching Orientals go- 
ing wild. 

After their set, a boy walks up to me. 
He'd just come in — carrying a motorcycle 
helmet, wearing a black leather jacket. He's 
thin, smooth-skinned, with high cheekbones. 
He's got a small oriental nose and beautiful 
black oriental eyes. lam way too sober to deal 
with him. 

He takes a peanut from the little dish on 
the bar and raises it to my mouth. 

"You look lonely," he says, popping it 
in. (The peanut, that is.) 

"Well, I'm alone." I tell him. 

We talk. He tells me he's a student. I tell 
him I'm a rock'n'roll star. As we speak, he 
touches my leg, my arm. I forget the rest of the 
conversation. 

Security at the Y is tight. If you come 
back after 1 1PM, you have to ring a bell so the 
uard can let you in. The guard knows EV- 
ERYBODY who should be staying at the ho- 
tel. Guests are not allowed. That s why I'm 
frustrated (droop ingly so) when the guy says, 
T can take you nome, now." 

When he tells me "the problem is that I 
ive far away," I figure he means that it would 
be inconvenient for him to bring me all the 
way to the hotel. 

"That's ok," I tell him, "just bring me to 
the subway." 

That he does, giving me a nice ride on 
the back of his motorcycle. He sits between 
my legs. I ride with my arms around him 
hugging for more than my safety. 

At the subway stop, he says good bye 
and vrooms off into the night. 

It's not until I get back to the hotel, that 
I slam my head against the wall with the 
realization: "home"???? He meant HIS 



HOME! He wanted to take me to HIS HOME! 
What an idiot I was! 

My idiocy was not the misinterpreta- 
tion, though. It was my not pushing. My not 
making myself obvious. My not asking, "wan- 
na fuck." 

Scene 4: I'm in Penn Station New York, 
waiting for the train to Hicksville. This guy on 
line in front of me looks familiar. About sixty, 
grey crewcut, the kind of pot belly that comes 
with age, not eternity. I lean a bit to the right 
to get a better look. 

Holy shit! It's Mickey Spillane. The link 
between Jim Thompson and Quentin Taran- 
tino. The 50s popularizer of REAL pulp fic- 
tion. Mike Hammer, harder-boiled than a 
Mongolian egg. I grew up reading the guy. I, 
The Jury, Thetrection Set, classics! Here he is, 
in person. 

Feeling my eyes on him, he turns and 
peers over his glasses. His frown makes me 
took away, toward the clock, the trainboard, 
anywhere else. He turns back and I stare 
again. 

When he gets to the ticket window, he 
asks a question about the train schedule. In 
the inimitable way New Yorkers have of en- 
dearing themselves to the world, the ticket 
seller says, "You're on the wrong line, buddy. 
We don t give information here. Information 
is over there." 

He points to another long line in front of 
another window. 

Sullen, Mickey slowly walks off to join the 
end of the other line. I buy my ticket and wait 
for him, staring as he gets closer to the infor- 
mation man. He glances at me over his shoul- 
der. He frowns again. 

It's likely that the guy isn't Mickey Spill- 
ane at all. Instead, he's some shlub from Long 
Island with a grey crewcut. Even if he is 
Mickey Spillane, if I approach him, he'll get 
angry. He's already annoyed. 

SO I NEVER TALK TO HIM! I don't go 
up to him and say, "I know this is a stupid 
question, but are you..." I don't just run up 
and say, "Wow! Mickey Spillane! You're my 
idol." I don't do any of that. My shyness costs 
me a brush with greatness. My connection to 
a publisher! 

He wouldn't kill me. At worst it would 
be slightly embarrassing and that's all. Still, I 
don't do it — and now I've lost the moment. 

Other scenes: There're hundreds of 'em. 

All the sideways glances in the street I didn't 

answer. All the times I've said, "nah, I don't 

feel like it now." and then felt like it. All the 

times I've said "No, I have a girlfriend." And 

then find out the girlfriend's left me because 

of the few times I ve said yes. 

**************************** 

Carve diem! Seize the day! It's not 
enough. Carpe minutum, carpe secundum, carpe 
momentum. We're immobilized by our fear of 
rejection, loss of face, fear of being an asshole. 
These moments rushpast like shopping malls 
on a train to Hicksville. 

How much of our lives are spent think- 
ing: "If only I had said something... If only I 
had pushed a little further... If only I had just 
ASKED!" 

Seize the moment isn't enough. You've 
got to MAKE THE MOMENT. Those pre- 
cious seconds are ticking away and you're 
playing DOOM. You could be exploring parts 



CQL&m 



of the world you never explored before, ex- 
ploring parts of your mind you never ex- 
?lored before, getting laid! You're watching 
V or surfing the net when you could be in 
Tanzania eating African twat. 

People who fear getting old are people 
who stack up the missed chances. "If only.... 
when I had the chance." That chance is NOW, 
buckaroo. 

It's not only sexual moments that need 
grabbing. It's all moments, all time, every- 
thing you let slip through your fingers and 
regret. It's every time you ask yourselP'Should 
I go out or stay home and jerk off?" and you 
decide to jerk off. 

It's every movie you don't see, every 
place you don't visit, every food you don t 
eat. 

"Oh, I can always do that. California 
will be there tomorrow," or Europe or Mon 
golia. 

YOU'RE WRONG! California/Europe 
or Mongolia will only be there NOW! Tomor 
row they'll be different, so will you. 

You've got to grab the moment by the 
throat. Throttle it, tear it apart. Grab it until 
your knuckles turn white and it lies breath- 
less beneath you. Fuck it raw. Turn it over and 
fuck it again. Sure, you'll be an asshole for it. 
You might even get punched. You'll get over 
it. But if you miss that moment, THAT you'll 
never get over. You'll never even know. 

Live like Adrienne. Ask quickly, "Wan- 
na fuck?" If the answer's no, try again. Still 
no? Next! Turn your back. Try again some- 
where else. Grab that chance. Make a play. 
Yeah, people will talk. You'll get a reputation 
as a scummy sleazebag (if you're a boy) or a 
slut (if you're a girl). But think of the scummy 
sleazebags and sluts you know. THEY GET 
LAID. 

Nice guys — considerate — with integ- 
rity — you — get laid one out of a hundred 
times you try. Assholes get laid one out of a 
thousand. But you don't even try a hundred 
times. You're too timid behind your self- 
righteousness. Assholes try tens of thousands 
of times. One in a thousand, for them, is ten 
One in a hundred, for you, is not even one. 

Alcohol helps, drugs too, anything. Run 
your hand over that passingbutt. Get slapped. 
It's okay. Smile it away with a shrug. 

Am I advocating sexual harassment? 
Yes! That's what the feminists, Christians and 
congresspeople call it. OK, that's what I'll call 
it. It s boldness, persistence, the courage to be 
a jerk. (Few things take more courage.) 

Be obnoxious — I'll love it. Whistle at 
me when I walk down the street. Grab my ass. 
Tell me my eyes remind you of Rome. Lay it 
on. The thicker the better. Buy me a drink 
Ask me if you can take me home. I'll say yes 
quickly. I won't fuck it up this time. 
ENDNOTES: 

>Sellouts Dept: Tim Yohannan, Lou Reed, 
Morton Downey Jr. all of 'em. What do they 
have in common? They were former champi- 
ons of the white stick, and they've quit! 
Stopped. No more cigarettes. They've sold 
out to the anti-smoking establishment. 
They've crumbled in conformity. 

If people like that go — anyone can! 
Watch out! It could happen to you. Light up, 
before it's too late! 

>Less excuse than ever dept!: The abortion 



fight at the Republican platform committee 
meeting has insured Bob Dole's defeat. You 
now have less reason than ever to vote for Bill 
Clinton. That assohole's gonna win without 
you. Don't make it worse. What should you 
do? 

1. Vote third party: Perot is probably 
the most visible way you can show your hate 
of the Republicrats. He'll have the best pub- 
licity. Everyone who votes for him will be 
counted and reported as an anti-vote. 

If you don't wanna vote for Perot, there 
are the Libertarians or Ralph Nader or who 
knows-who-else you can vote for. 

2. Write in Donny The Punk: Donny 
had declared his candidacy before I left for 
Mongolia. He died before I got back. I was 
gonna write an obit for this MRR, but there's 
just too much to write. The world is much 
worse now that he's gone. 

BUT, just because he's dead, doesn't 
mean you shouldn't vote for him! Any dead 
man would do a much better job than Clin- 
ton. 

If you wanna vote for someone alive, 
the newest supplement to the Loompanics 
catalog reprints an article from SNUFF IT 
zine ($2: The Church of Euthanasia, PO Box 
261, Somerville MA 02143). It's called: Ten 
Top Reasons to Write-in the Unabomber for Pres- 
ident in 1996. 

Hilarious and ironically true stuff. And 
if people say, "Well, he's a murderer." You 
can answer "What about Colin Powell?" 

My favorite is the DON'T BLAME ME— 
I VOTED EOR THE UNABOMBER bumper 
sticker you can proudly display after Clinton 
signs the Slave Labor Bill of 1997. 

3. Don't vote: Both parties know there 
are a lot of non-voters. They promise the 
moon to get 'em. Don't fall for it! This country 
has a lower voter turnout than any other 
"democracy. " That says something about our 
system and how close people feel to it. You 
can say that too! 

Clinton's gonna win ANYWAY. (Even 
if he doesn't, Dole is no worse). So don't 
throw away your vote on him. And remem- 
ber, with Bill — Al and Tipper are just a heart 
beat away! 

— >Those wacky wimmin dept: I got a mail- 
ing from CONCERNED WOMEN FOR 
AMERICA (PO Box 97146, Washington DC 
20077-7211). They're worried about US par- 
ticipation in the UN "rights of the child' 
treaty. 

I've already written about an evil provi- 
sion in that treaty. It says children have "the 
right to be protected from harmful informa 
tion. " Censorship as a 'right'???? That's news 
peak if I've ever heard it. 

But these gals don't object to that. They 
object to the treaty's interference with their 
"God-given rights as a parent." 

Among the horrors they predict: "Imag- 
ine an America where your daughter can 
have an abortion and you never know. Your 
son can engage in heterosexual or homosexu- 
al sex at home despite your disapproval." But 
that's not the best. 

They give an example of what could 
happen if the US okays the UN charter... like 
England did. 

U.N. officials are demanding (The British) 
Parliament pass legislation to ban corporal pun- 



ishment in private schools and to outlaw "chas- 
tisement" of children at home. 

Yep, these gals want the right to beat 
their children. Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you the 
NAME of their petition: OPERATION 

HANDS OFF OUR KIDS." 

-> What? dept: H.E.A.R. (PO Box 460847, 
San Francisco CA 94146), is a great group 
dedicated to helping folks who've lost their 
hearing to Rock n'roll. Now it has its own 
website. Check 'em out at http: / / 
www.hearnet.com. Better still, send 'em mon- 
ey. Remember: ear condoms prevent hearing 
AIDS. 

> Joys of mailing lists dept: I got a letter 
from "The Lippin Group" publicists for Bea- 
vis & Butthead. The press release tells about 
an up-coming Christmas video. Not very in- 
teresting. The good stuff comes at the end 
when they explain MTV: 
a division of Viacom Inc. [which] owns and 
operates cable television programming ser- 
vices worldwide— MTV: MUSIC TELEVI- 
SION, MTV EUROPE, MTV LATINO, VH1 
and NICKELODEON/NICK AT NITE, all of 
which are registered trademarks of MTV 
NETWORKS. 

Did you know that? 



MfUWN* 




Strait Queer 

As you know I now live in Portland, but 
I did live in San Francisco for 1 4 years and was 
part of that sexual outlaw rabble. These dif- 
ferent sex core scenes combined with the 
punk scene were wanton, stimulating, kinky, 
and big fun. First to come to mine: is Bike 
Messenger Gail originally of Tragic Mulatto, 
then front person of Pennsylvania Mahoney 
& Her Safe Sex Quartet. Her shows were X- 
ratedly out there Whorey Dorey extravagan- 
zas. World Famous torchlight drag queen 
singer, Bambi, would start the show doing 
her impeccable Marlene Deitrich routine fin- 
ishing up with a "Somewhere Over the Rain- 
bow' that I'm certain Liza Minelli could en- 
joy. Then Gail would lead her eclectic 20's 
Bohemian sound, clarinets, and all in a drunk- 
en, vivacious, decadent, sextet fun. The song 
All Meat and No Potatoes" comes to mind. 
Everyone would get down, skivvies were 
tossed around the room, rubby dubby and 
getting it on was going on all around, all right 
there in the back room of the Paradise Lounge. 
Gail would end the show by squirting raw 
hot dogs out of her you know what. The loud 
hoots and cheers I hear in my head still bring 
a grin to my face. This scene blossomed out of 
the C / W Saloon in 1987 and 1 988 and was run 
by Liz, who eventually ran off to Richmond to 
become head tailor for Gwar and help design 
their demonous outfits. 

Eventually this scene moved to the Ken- 



nel Club. There I'm proud to say we did our 
Mourn Divine Correctly Memorial show on 
just a few days notice to celebrate Divine's life 
and to perform a tribute to her. I did an 
impeccable Divine (and beauty really is pain) 
with the help of Liz and Rebecca of the orig- 
inal Frightwig line up. We all got drunk and 
shook and bumped and grinded away the 
night in wild transgender led bliss and boy 
did we give MoFo, The Drunk Injuns, and 
The Thrasher Skate Crew an eyeful. And 
happy to say, some of those Jaks Team guys 
haven't skated strait since. This all led into 
Bomb's glory day's with nude dancers of all 
sexes and flavors that made the Butthole Surf- 
ers strip tease show seem tame. Lick and 
grind and fun for everyone. I performed cun- 
nilingus on women I didn't know without 
dental dams (and don't try that at home kids). 

Not out of but connected to this was the 
Homo-Core shows started up by Tom Jen- 
nings and the Shred of Dignity Skate Crew. 
There, the Popstitutes showed everyone that 
gay guys do it, get it, and enjoy it more often 
than you other dudes. Diet Prostitute created 
Clubstitute, a "queer cabaret" that ran for five 
years, the notorious gender bender, sexual 
twilight zone. Julian Bond married Elvis Her- 
selvis and it symbolized the very unique match 
up of dyke blades with drag queens that you 
don't get to see at every corner bar here in 
America. The Sick and Twisted Players did 
various legendary performances. The Posei- 
don Adventure, Halloween with Jamie Lee 
Curtis, The Brady Bunch, and The Amittyville 
Horror just to name a few. I performed in a 
play with Biafra at the Inaugural Ballstitute in 
celebration of Bill the Swills presidential elec- 
tion victory. Biafra starred as Tipper Gore 
and I played opposite him as Barbara Bush. 
Clubstitute did so many great shows but the 
Holly Woodlawn (of Andy Warhol fame). 
Pussy Galore, Kitty Litter, Jennifer Blowdry- 
er (a 'dead' columnist), Danielle Willis, and 
various angry women's performances stand 
out among the hundreds and hundreds of 
other queer cabaret Twilight Zone a happen- 
ings. In 1992, we did our comeback snow 
there with Tribe 8. To the hoots and jeers of 
hundreds, I sucked Lynn Breedlove's strap- 
on during the Tribe's performance. I gave 
such good head that they took us on a Euro- 
pean tour that summer and what a boot lick- 
ing good time did this lucky soul have. 

Any way, I don't think it was ever men- 
tioned in Maximum Rock and Roll, but Diet 
died last year and he was a mover and a 
shaker, a truly great soul with very special 
energy and he was an ultra, ultra fabulous 
human being. Bless you Diet. 

Then a part of that hot dyke core scene 
that the Tribe helped start was a band named 
Malibu Barbi with the sexiest, most androgy- 
nous guitarist ever, Kara Krash. Hot, hot, hot. 
If you have seen her you know what I mean. 
And through the years I lived with two dy- 
namic fellas I want to mention. One, the most 
precious, Ray Melville (a true Smith head as 
in Patti) and Deek Nihilist of Homocore/ 
Three Dollar Bill who both continually and 
patiently rebrought me out of the closet and 
I'd try to be gay, then just call it "bi" as in 
bisexual, but it never worked out. Intellectu- 
ally I could convince myself I was bisexual, I 
would do drag and could be quite the Nell. 



But when it came down to whose genitalia I 
wanted to be next to when your celebrating 
yourself well, it's like Camille Paglia says, 
"Being gay or not comes down to whose and 
which parents body odor and urine smell 
turns you on." She believes there are very few 
bisexuals though she likes the idea of every- 
body striving to be one. She believes lesbians 
need to reclaim men's hardons and that gay 
men should better start licking more wom- 
en's pussy. Anyway, when I read Camille it 
all made a lot of sense. As much as I political 
ly, socially and ethically wanted to be bisex 
ual, I was stuck with a serious attraction to 
women's body odor and I guess it's not a bad 
place to be stuck 'cause I get turned on by a 
wide range of females, from Dykes on Bikes 
leather types to prissy cheerleaders, from the 
sex goddess Mae West to lawyer /mom first 
lady Hilary Clinton. 

But I still feel queer. Yeah, yeah, you 
know, the lesbian stuck in a man's body, but 
really nobody buys that even if it's true. So a 
couple of years ago, I started using the "strait 
queer" tag. Queen by day, honey bear licker 
by night. And I know Gloria Steinhem and 
Betty Freidan would say I don't get that right 
and most of the "riot girls"just never realized 
I was one of them and I m sure Donna of 
Team Dresch is frowning at me (like she has 
so often in the past) as I think what a hot shit 
dyke she is. Hell, I'm putting it in print, I'm 
queer, strait queer. Between 2 worlds, I can 
and do talk with a lisp whenever I please, I've 
seen Jeffrey four times, I'm renting Wigstock 
again and last weekend I danced to "YMCA" 
with this totally great looking guy (who 
smelled really good) at a Portland gay bar. I 
consider myself part of the lavender left, part 
of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender com- 
munity. I am queer and male with an over- 
whelming preference to have sex with my 
opposite gender people. So it's okay, I'm o.k. 
I'm out. I m strait queer. 

Come out, come out, where ever you 
are. Peace, 

P.S. And by the way, if it looks like Bill 
Clinton is gonna win anyway, consider vot- 
ing for Ralph Nadar on the Green ticket and 
don't worry about spoiling something that is 
already rotten. 

A Commentary on the Olympics 

I went to college this summer and ev- 
erywhere people were talking about the Olym- 
pics. What I want to say is, Boy I hated the 
Olympics. I hated the American Flags and all 
those heart warming profiles of all those 
American athletes. I hated the mother with 
the teddy bear. I hated the National Anthem 
over and over. I hated the Dream Team and I 
hate Bob Costas. Fuck you Bob Costas. I hate 
you. I hate NBC. I hate David Letterman and 
Jay Leno. I hate Bob Dole and yes I hate Bill 
Clinton. Of course I hate Pat Buchanan and, 
why not, I hate Steve Forbes. I hate the Cali- 
fornia State Police for busting the medical 
marijuana stores in San Francisco. I hate all 
the fucking police, the fucking narcs, the fuck- 
ing parole of ficers, and the fucking jailers. 
Hear about the jailor making fun of the pris- 
oner who had a seizure up here in a Portland 
jail and imitating the woman as she con- 
vulsed to death? I hate the fucking stoopid ass 
drug laws and all those responsible for de- 
monizing drugs. I hate George Bush for so 



many reasons but this moment for encourag- 
ing the Iraqi Shites and Kurds to uprise against 
Saddam Hussein and then doing nothing as 
fucked up Schwartzkoff gave approval for 
the Iraqi Arrny to have machine guns to use 
on their helicopters to mow down the people 
George Bush urged to rise up against Saddam 
Hussein. See the film clips on P.B.S of Iraqi 
soldiers kicking the people, that tried to rise 
up, to death. See Schwartzkoff lie. I hate him 
and Colin Powell, the black fucking Republi- 
can. Being a black Republican is like being a 
black klansman. I hate McFucking Donalds 
and I hate the fucking meat industry. Eating 
fucking meat sucks. Sorry if I offended any- 
one. Let me say it again. Eating meat sucks. 
And where the fuck are you, Dan Quayle? 
You suck too, asshole! I hate violent ass foot- 
ball and those mindless violent ass football 
players. I hate boring ass fucking baseball as 
well. Yep, fuck baseball! Let me say it again. 
Fuck the Olympics. Fuck my professors at 
Portland State University who stand around 
the halls talking about fucking baseball. Fuck 
you assholes. And fuck every boring ass teach- 
er that knows it and doesn't give a fuck. Fuck 
all the adults that abuse and neglect their 
children. Every time I see you in public mis- 
treating your kids, I promise to tell you what 
a shit wad you are. And fuck all you mean 
bastards and fuck all you shallow bitches. I 
mean just fuck you all. Rich people who bitch, 
go fuck yourself. If you gotta be rich, at least 
don't whine. Have a little fucking empathy. I 
mean just give it a fucking try and stop fuck- 
ing wnining about welfare cheats and start 
crying about billion dollar government sub- 
sidies for military contractors and the savings 
and loan fuckers who ripped off everybody 
tor hundreds of billions of fucking dollars 
along with the cold hearted fucks that started 
and kept the Vietnam War going for ten years 
that got my friend's brother, Tommy O'Harlon 
killed at 19. Fuck you war pigs and the fuck- 
ers who ignore your sins against humanity. 
Christmas Napalm bombings by Nixon in 72. 
Fuck you in your fucking grave. Fuck you 
Pentagon creeps and you ignorant fucks that 
voted nim into office twice. Fuck you going 
on about America not being like it used to 
somewhere fucking else. And fuck the CIA 
that is responsible for so many deaths in 
Central America and the rest of the world. 
But hey, I got off the main point. I hate the 
fucking Olympics. 




Dedicated heir to Frank Harris, Am- 
brose Bierce, Tacitus (and assorted other jour- 
nalists) that I am, I have forsaken the summer 
chill of San Francisco for the sweltering hu- 
midity (but it's a dry humidity) of Tokyo just 
to keep you, Mr. And Ms. MRR reader, in- 
formed of the latest doings in the Rising Son 



rock scene of this enterprising seahorse na- 
tion. 

Firstly-like, there's a new Guitar Wolf 
cd, "Missile Me" which, needless to say, is 
friggin' aces! I can't get over how they man- 
age to keep developing new wrinkles in their 
sound while staying true to their noisy Link 
Wray /rockabilly /punk roots. A U.S. version 
is due out on Less than TV (who did the U.S. 
cd of "Run Wolf Run," which was the same as 
the Kung Fu Ramone vinyl on Bag of Ham- 
mers). Is there anyone out there still unaware 
that Guitar Wolf is the mega-mega rock expe- 
rience of the fin-de-siecle?). 

Fink and Fifi, there wonderful broth- 
ers of Teengenerate fame and glory, will. 
repeat will, be forming a new band soon 
(previous reports had indicated a schism 
betwixt them). As I write this, Fink is pro- 
ducing the Titans for an L.P. on Au Go Go. 
Later in the day, he will produce the Twee- 
zers, which feature Fifi and have been highly 
touted (I heard a rehearsal tape in someone's 
car a few months ago, but the muffler was so 
loud and the tape so muddy that I couldn't 
make much out.) 

The Boyfriends are a fairly new band 
who have the whole Johnny Thunders thing 
down so pat it's scary. I saw them open for 
the Phantom Rats (who lived up the the 
energetic promise of their records), the Ti 
tans (who were sounding even better than 
on their U. S. west coast tour of last year with 
some great new songs slated for the LP, as 
well as from some forthcoming 10" and 7" |I 
think}), and Guitar Wolf (no comment need- 
ed, but Shit God Damn Hot Tamale never- 
theless) and the Boyfriends' guitarist (singer 
jumped up on the monitor during his first 
guitar break, causing it (and him) to tumble 
back, making a good sized gash on the side 
of his face which barely fazed him. When I 
saw him a few days later, he had a big yellow 
bruise over about one-fourth of his face, still 
unfazed. Later still, during a parking related 
altercation at rock'n'roll Kingpin Caveman 
Takahashi (whose son, being named Lux 
after Mr. Interior, is worthy of having "A 
Boy Named Sue" rewritten for him, Lux 
being a very strange name hereabouts (al- 
though I've heard of someone in Japan win- 
ning the right to name their child one of the 
Japanese equivalents of "demon" a year or 
two back when a copy of "The Japan Report 
was misdelivered to the S&L mail room 
where I was (supposed to be) working at the 
time)'s club "The Red Bird" (by fussa-cheap- 
est shows in Tokyo, when they have them), 
Boyfriend-san was called a "Putaroh" (no- 
working bum, quite an insult in this perhaps 
over-industrious nation) and still not a flinch 
What aplomb! And he puts on a great show 
to boot. 

Ishi and Sukey, guitarist and bassist of 
the late great Evil Hoodoo are now in a most- 
ly instrumental trio called the Teenee Cheeters 
that are sort of equal parts '60s Japanese group 
sound, Davie Allen and Cee Bee Beaumont. I 
was moved! 

Sato, wildman vocalist of the Evil Hoo- 
doo, played in a Rolling Stones cover bands 
(with the Jet Boys' Uganda on bass wearing a 
dashiki and a Brian Jones wig) at a late show, 
but he was very vague about the "real" band 
that he's putting together. He left the Evil 



Hoodoo to be in a more "contemporary" style 
band, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed 
that it will be something crazy enough for 
him to shine in. Fifi was at this show, looking 
remarkably sober and healthy. He also had a 
fairly decent looking pair of pants and a J. C. 
Penney style light plaid shirt on, which (with 
his dry, parted in the middle bleached hair) 
made him look unsettlingly (especially dur- 
ing the record spinning session which fol- 
lowed the band while everyone danced even 
more stiffly than me while waiting for the 
subways to open) like someone form my jun- 
ior high school at the first dance of the year. 
Strange! 

Hiroshi of the Registrators is out of the 
hospital (he took a trip through a windshield, 
breaking both legs) where he was able to 
write a lot of new songs. Although the Regis 
trators really do have everything (all the ga 
rage, surf, and even other Japanses "purist 
70s" punk bands) and have no guest list, they 
are themselves well-respected hereabouts (as 
they should be! and their August 14 show 
should be a big one (as Tokyo shows of Ja 
panses bands go, that is). 

Tomoko of Supersnazz is no longer 
working at a nightclub (where she got to see 
Takahashi Teruichi of Terry and the Bun- 
nies and Terry and the Blue Jeans fame, 
although she said that he's now as bad as 
present day Dick Dale), but at a fishing 
equipment shop. 

Enocky of Jackie and the Cedrics is 
keeping busy with a rockabilly/western 
swing combo called "The Hot Shots." He is 
also thinking of taking up fiddle, but not to 
play in the Hot Shots - he wants to start a 
noise band. Cedrics shows are infrequent 
since bassist Jelly Bean is living in Los Ange- 
les at present, but he flies back for a spate of 
shows and family visiting (and visa renew- 
al?) from time to time. Their infrequency has 
now made them as legendary here as they've 
been in certain circles of the U.S. for some 
time now. 

While sitting here drinking chilled cheap 
sake (better than no sake at all) and listening 
to a comp of Yakuza soundtrack music (in- 
cluding ' War Without Honor" {which I had 
the privilege of seeing in Osaka who had 
taken off their shoes and socks, an experience 
which can no longer be had in the U.S.}, "A 
change of the Underworld Supreme Ruler," 
"If Time to Kill the Boss" and The Last Day 
of the Big Boss") and preparing to travel 
South (to get the inside scoop on Bou Sou 
Nezumi and other bands outside the Tokyo 
axis, for you, lecteur, semblance, et.c.) while 
hoping to get back in time for the Registrators 
show on 8/14, I make this pledge to YOU, 
forthwith, that I will have more of the same 
next month and will NOT attempt to make 
you jealous that I not only get into these 
hellishly expensive shows at one-sixth the 
full price (I think any gaijin with a few friends 
can swing this) but that I got to see an ancient 
sacred waterfall AND a Japanese Dixieland 
band (with lengthy explanations as to the 
significance of the funeral processional/re- 
cessional "Didn't He Ramble" worthy of Jack 
Webb on one of the many lp's spun off of 
"Pete Kelley's Blues," which, taken in con- 
junction with "Mezz" Mezzrow's "Really the 
Blues" makes clear the punk/pre-swing Jazz 



I analogies) in the same day. Promise? Prom- 
ise. 



Mark 

HanfortT — ^ 




Nothing that you do on the internet is 
entirely private — remember that next time 
you fire up your web browser or send e-mail. 
It's really nothing to get too worked up about, 
however, as there are methods to make your- 
self more anonymous and the information 
that people can find out about you is usually 
not that intrusive. It is a good idea to remem- 
ber that, though, next time you browse to 
your favorite 'Tiot hung males" porn site or 
ook for the Anarchist Cookbook online. 

Depending on the technology a web 
site uses, and how you access it, the people 
who run a particular site can tell what files 
you read and download while connected to 
their site, how long you spend there, how 
often you visit their site, what net address 
you are connecting from, what system you 
are running on your computer, and a few 
other items. That's partially because you are 
connected to their computer while you are 
browsing a site, and also because your net 
browser may allow the site to send and re- 
ceive information to and from your comput- 
er. Each site you visit may collect this infor- 
mation about you, for a variety of reasons — 
usually to track usage so that they know what 
parts of their site are popular. However, this 
data can be used for a more nefarious pur- 
pose. 

In the hands of someone with a power- 
ful enough computer (i.e. the government or 
big business), the data contained at each of 
these sites could be compiled to create a pro- 
file on each individual net user showing their 
likes and dislikes, political interests, and life- 
style habits that are nobody's business but 
their own. I'm not saying that this is currently 
being done, because in all probability it isn't, 
but the potential for abuse is there. Remem- 
ber that next time you hook into the net. If you 
wantmore detail on the things that a site can 
find out about you, the Center for Democracy 
and Technology has put together a demon- 
stration site. You can find it at http:// 
www.13x.com/cgi-bin/cdt/snoop.pl . 

If you wish to browse the web anony- 
mously, so that nobody can find out where 
you go or what you look at, there is a free 
service called the Anonymizer that lets you 
surf the web without leaving information 
about yourself, you can find it at http:// 
www.anonymizer.com . I would suggest 
making it the "home" page that loads when 
you fire up your web browser, so that you 
will always remember to surf anonymously if 
you desire to do so. 

If you want to send anonymous e-mail, 
there is a couple of ways to do it. There are a 




number of anonymous e-mail sites on the 
web . One of them that is free to use is at http : / 
/www. angelfire.com/pagesO /mailer/ 
index.html . The other option is to send an e- 
mail to help® anon.penet.fi where you will be 
assigned an anonymous e-mail address that 
you can use in your correspondence. Now, 
don't go getting the bright (read: stupid) idea 
to send death threats to public officials or ex- 
boyfriends, as most of these anonymous re- 
mailers will cooperate with the authorities in 
these cases. Have fun with it — I'm sure I'll be 
getting mail from some of you trying out your 
new anonymity. 

Moving on to other things, I'm sure 
many of you already know that Donny the 
Punk died of an AIDS related illness on July 
18th. I didn't know Donny very well, but after 
I was accepted as Netpunk columnist here at 
MRR, I got e-mail from Donny offering to 
help me out in any way he could if I needed it. 
He gave me some useful sites, and offered 
some ideas on what he thought I should 
cover. I appreciated it more than I ever told 
him. It was amazing to see the amount of 
support for Donny from all corners when the 
message was first posted on alt.punk, the 
punk-list, and other places that he was in the 
hospital and wasn't expected to make it. There 
were also a number of memorials to him 
posted at these places once he died. You can 
find out more about his death, about memo- 
rials to him, as well as the organizations he 
worked for by pointing your web browser to 
http://www.spr.org . Also, an e-mail list 
about Donny has been started. To subscribe 
to it, send e-mail to donny-subscr!!ibe@ai- 
.mit.edu . I assume that the list will still be 
active by the time this sees print. RIP Stephen 
"Donny the Punk" Donaldson. 

I get a lot of e-mail from people who 
want me to give them "more sites to check 
out". I appreciate people writing and telling 
me that tney dig what I'm doing, but I'm 
sorry I can't be your personal net guide. In the 
spirit of DIY, I'm gonna tell YOU how to find 
stuff on your own. Of course, this may negate 
my job here at MRR, because if you can do it 
yourself, you don't need me telling you what's 
cool (at this point, most of you are thinking 
that you never really needed me in the first 
place, but I digress). 

The easiest, but most time consuming, 
way to find stuff on the net is to simply 
browse from one site to the next, clicking on 
the links that interestyou, until you find what 
you are looking for. This process can take just 
short of forever, though, and that's a pretty 
long time. To zero in on a specific subject, 
what you need to use is what's known as a 
search engine. These are web sites where you 
can put in key words and phrases and they'll 
come back with web sites related to those 
words. For instance, I did a search on the 
word "punk" on one of the search engines, 
and it came back with (no lie) 89,976 occur- 
rences of the word. When I looked up "max- 
imum rocknroll", I got 78 instances of the 
phrase, and when I chose "sex pistols" I got 
4,000 (scary) instances. 

The easiest way to find a search engine 
is (most likely) to click on the button on you 
web browser that says "Net Search" or some- 
thing to that effect. It will take you to a list of 
the most popular browsers. If you can't find 



that button, some of my favorite search en- 
gines are Altavista (www.altavista.- 
digital.com), Lycos (www.lycos.com), and 
Yahoo (www .yahoo, com). Try them out. They 
are a lot faster than e-mailing me and waiting 
for a response. 

If it's zines that you're looking for, there 
is a fantastic index of electronic zines at http: / 
/www. meer.net/~johnl/e-zine-list/ . John 
Labovitz has put together a list of 1000 plus 
zines available on the internet, and he up- 
dates it monthly. This is very much like a 
Factsheet Five for the computer, and is well 
worth your time if you are into zines at all. 
You'll find everything from punk, to sex, to 
tech zines listed at this site. 
Now that I've told you how to look stuff up 
yourself, I get to be lazy and NOT mention 
any music sites this time around. YOU do the 
surfing, find the stuff for yourself, and feel 
good about participating in the whole DIY 
process. Hey, you're a punk now (heh heh)! 

I got e-mail from someone who was 
looking for an "indy" net provider — that is, 
one not affiliated with any major corpora- 
tions. I am looking for those of you out there 
who provide this service, as I'd like to start a 
list of punk rock owned net providers, or 
those doing internet business within the con- 
text of the punk rock ethic, whatever your 
definition. Please e-mail me and let me know 
what service YOU provide. 

That's gonna do it this time around. 
Remember, you can e-mail me at 
hanford@primenet.com or write to me the 
old fashioned way at PO Box 752, Boise ID 
83701. Also, these columns are available elec- 
tronically at http://www.primenet. com/ 
~hanford /maximum, html . See you on the 
net. 




TROUBLE ON THE TERRACES 

Fuckin' OXYMORON has come callin'! 
You remember those oi titans from England 
who had the triumphant "Fuck The Nineties" 
LP on Helen of Oi Records, they're back! The 
latest single is on Rough Beat Records, re- 
corded in August 1995 and it fucking kicks 
you square in the head! Strong street punk 
issued here with tough sing-along choruses 
and smart guitar playing. Have a listen to this 
top quality oi soon. 

VANILLA MUFFINS from Basel, Swit- 
zerland have teamed up with a reputable 
American label, Black Hole Records, from 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two good songs 
here: "Always On The Wrong Side" and "I 
Wanna Be Your Monster." These lads have 
plenty of heart and an optimistic attitude. 
Check this record out - you won't be disap- 
pointed. 

That great German oi label, Knock Out 



Records, brings you a truly great 7" EP this 
month. It's called DRUNKEN NUNS "Furto 
Con Destrezza." The excellent streetwise lyr- 
ics are right on the mark: "We are rejected by 
society, our music is our voice, beer and brawl 
our reality." These Boot boys Savona" put the 
Italian stamp of strength on this street punk! 
Notice that the cover is imprinted with "no 
Nazis, no racists, no trendy wankers" in red 
letters. It is great to have a force like the 
DRUNKEN NUNS on our side! 

The WARRIORS have some new prod- 
uct out which might make you old punks 
nostalgic for Gary Bushell and 1981 street 
punk. The LP on Step One Records is called 
'The Full Monty" and it has new songs writ- 
ten between 1994 and 1996. The 7" EP is live 
songs from a forthcoming video entitled 
"Come Out To Play." The WARRIORS aka 
the LAST RESORT. Well represented is "King 
Of Jungle" and "Held Hostage," classic oi 
this. 

Sloss and his mates in BRAINDANCE 
are back for another couple of rounds. The 
new EP on Knock Out is called "Gentle Spir- 
it." The title cut is a fast love song with good 
guitarbits and intelligent breaks. These songs 
are quite listenable, with a shorter, more ven- 
omous number to finish her off in "Easy Way 
Out." This may be stronger that the BRAIN- 
DANCE LP on Helen otOi - inspect this at 
your earliest convenience. 

All you hill-billy punks take note: BIG 
BOBBY AND THE NIGHT CAPS have some 
raw shit goin' down over here! Check out the 
new Black Lung record "Cover My Mind." 
This fucker sounds like Carl Perkins ingested 
some bad pills with a bourbon back. 

The STEELMINERS are another gritty 
garage trash band that deserves respect. They 
got lots of lo-fi garbage rock available. This 
one is a split on Black Lung with the MOUNT 
MCKINLEYS. 

Yo - mister - it's a known fact that Penn- 
sylvanians get down in the trenches and rock 
hard like a motherfucker. The STEELMIN- 
ERS demonstrate that. The dirtiest of all Key- 
stone State Bands are the DUMMIES. After 
years without proper recognition the fuckin' 
DUMMIES present a fulllength LP on Get 
Hip with lots of hits. Listen to the DUMMIES 
charge through "Burn" and "Get Outta My 
Way." Remove your skinny little suburban 
white-boy gearhead ass from the road - the 
DUMMIES rule this highway! 

While we are discussing bad music for 
bad people there's a little known outfit down 
in Memphis that reduces bands like the MAK- 
ERS to sniveling school boys. We're talking 
about the mighty OBLIVIANS. You need to 
listen to OBLIVIANS "Kick Your Ass" on 
Sympathy - yes Sympathy, I know you 
thought Sympathy was finished as a label but 
every two years or so they put out a great 
record. 

Throw away all your cheap generaliza- 
tions about French garage punk. Right now 
Wild Wild Records is offering you a fuckin' 
hot LP called "100% No Talent" by the NO 
TALENTS. Fast punk guitar makes you think 
yer back in 1979. Great female vocals do jus- 
tice to the memory of upstate New York's 
MISFITS - aka the TRAGICS. There's a fine 
cover of "My Baby's A Midget," The S.F. 
classic by the VKTMS. This LP is just plain 



good punk from start to finish. Also chec 
out the SPLASH FOUR and STEVE AND 
THE JERKS - quality French punk on Wild 
Wild Records. 

A great Japanese comp appeared in 
these parts. It's called CHLOROFORM, it 
features some of Japan's finest punk bands 
including THE REGISTRATORS, COCKS 
CRATCH, THE YOUNG ONES, THE 
KNOCKS and others. This LP affirms the 
vibrant punk scene Japan has today. 

For tough as nails HC punk, one would 
be hard pressed to beat Germany's AF- 
FRONT, Plastic Bomb Records presents the 
AFFRONT EP "Punk for Sale". This shit is 
brutally hard: kinda somewhere between 
POISON IDEA and EXTREME NOISE TER- 
ROR. The lyrics are right on the money: 
"Yuppie scum + politicians, all you are is 
well paid bitches". In "Cannon Fodder", 
AFFRONT sings— "Kill for pride + for glo- 
ry- Bastard ! . . .Streets covered with blood, Hu- 
man life for fuckin' cash..." This is one pow- 
erful record! 

Include CIVIL DISSIDENT in your clas- 
sic HC collection! This fine Melbourne, Aus- 
tralia HC punk band is presented on the 
Prank Records LP entitled, CIVIL DISSI 
DENT "Menzies' Crack", the recordings are 
from 1980-1986. Contact Prank Records at: 
PO Box 410892, SF CA 94141 USA. 

A genuinely melodic oi entry would be 
the Oi MELZ LP, called "Keine Zeit", these 
German men provide some of the most mel- 
lifluous oi sounds known to man . All the 
instruments are played with consummate 
skill. The vocals are ever so effective. Look to 
Knock Out Records for tastefully done street- 
punk and oi. 

Ya wanna talk live punk rock? The 
fucking STITCHES brought their irreverent 
bad attitude type of punk rock to the Purple 
Onion recently. The LOWDOWNS opened 
up the extravaganza in fine form, and then, 
as you've come to expect from these fucks, 
mayhem ensued, the humans were tumbled 
into a pig-pile, beers and drum kits were 
spilled, necks were wrung. After not play- 
ing SF for 8 months, the STITCHES reap- 
f>eared in an extra feisty condition. Mike, 
ohnny and Pete remain, with one new mem- 
ber, Craig, the drummer. The STITCHES 
destroy punk rock (and punk rock clubs). 
The STITCHES are a hard act to follow, but 
ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN gave it a val- 
iant effort. The crowd seemed pleased. Open- 
ing up yet another ELECTRIC FRANKEN- 
STEIN show was San Francisco's oi/street- 
punk favorites, the WORKIN' STIFFS. Dave, 
vocals, Mike, guitar, Mundo, bass, and Eric, 
drums, showed why the WORKIN' STIFFS 
have such tremendous momentum. These 
guys grow stronger with each show and 
their popularity continues to soar. As this 
goes to press the WORKIN' STIFFS records 
are being shipped to Chapter 11 Records, 
PO Box 132, Sonoma, CA 95476. If all goes 
well the LOWDOWNS record on Junk 
Records will finally be available in Septem- 
ber. 

A friggin' oi double blast for you twits! 
The almighty TEMPLARS from New York, 
USA on a split 12" with the GLORY STOMP- 
ERS. Carl, Phil and Perry of the TEMPLARS, 
continue the fine streetpunk tradition they 



have perpetrated with fine releases on Vul 
ture Rock. 3 great guys, 3 great songs. You 
must listen to "Concrete Grave" and "No 
Future, No Escape". Instant oi Classics, by 
one of America's top streetpunk outfits. Flop 
down the other side, and the great oi just 
keeps flowing! The GLORY STOMPERS have 
a superior singer in Greg. Mike and Jer pro- 
vide top notch bass and drums. The GLORY 
STOMPERS revel in these 3 fine tunes. Listen 
to "We're Here to Stay" and "Kids of To 
day", as soon as you can. Very good! One of 
the best split 12' in recent memory! Lift a 
>int to the TEMPLARS and the GLORY 
TOMPERS! Excellent work lads! 

Two other recent additions to the vast 
Step-1 Records catalog are: A decent ARGY 
BARGY LP release, called "Drink, Drugs 
and Football Thugs". These "mature" boot- 
boys can make good streetpunk noise too. 
Special mention should go to "Trouble on 
the Terraces" 16 classic football anthems 
featuring, COCKSPARRER, THE OP- 
PRESSED, THE BUSINESS, THE 4-SKINS, 
INF A-RIOT and more. Last but not least, 
you have "Oi Rarities Vol. 1" on Capt. Oi, 
with songs by ANTISOCIAL, RED ALERT, 
CRIMINAL CLASS and others. 

All the news about Vulture Rock that's 
fit to print! As you read this, the lucky in 
formed oi fans will be listening to FULLY 
LOADED 12" record with members of the 
TOUGHSKINS, BOVVER WONDERLAND 
and the AUTHORITIES on board. Adrian 
Toughskin handles the vocal duties. You 
already had a small taste of this good shit on 
your Vulture Rock promo 7" sampler. Next 
Vulture Rock will deliver THE SYSTEMAT 
ICS, Mini LP (also on the sampler), then, if 
you behave, you get "True Force", a comp of 
4 Japanese bands. It contains: LRF, BLADE, 
HAWK and WESTSIDE BOYS CHOIR (not 
to be confused with Frances WESTSIDE 
BOYS) Ya got loads of good stuff to look 
forward to! 

For you punk rock purists (emphasis 
on rock) , we have Steve Baise's VIKINGS 
with a vinyl release of "Go Berserk" There 
are some really fun songs on this slab. Listen 
to "Hard knox high", "Strikeout king", "Push 
and Stomp" and "No L.D." Rockin ! There's 
a good co ver of THE BOYS song "First Time 
You will find that the pop numbers like 
"Tonight" are quite infectous and you'll be 
humming them later. THE VIKINGS are a 
good band- hopefully Lookout records wont 
get a hold of them and cut their balls off like 
they did to the QUEERS. 

Lets keep a close eye on Lexington 
Kentucky's HOOKERS. These guys had a 
smash-it-up single on Tina 'sSmut-e Records, 
61 Forest St. Medford, Mass. 02155. Word 
has it that THE HOOKERS put on an insane 
ly wild show with those great cretins THE 
CANDY SNATCHERS. Watch this space for 
more news of THE CANDY SNATCHERS 

According to Noel, guitarist of THE 
HOOKERS, the band has a bunch more 
records coming out soon. Tapes indicate that 
the new material is great! For news of THE 
HOOKERS write: Noel Reucroft, 3513 Lan- 
nette Lane, Lexington, Kentucky 40503-4132 

See Ya ' Round 

I'll Be Seeing You.... 

See You In Hell! 




'Tis the season. 

I like this time of year, 'cause the holi- 
days can be used so creatively. 

It's widely known, for instance, that the 
day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shop- 
ping day of the year. Draw up a simple flyer 
under the names of several prominent local 
businesses, announcing that in honor of the 
spirit of giving this holiday season the stores 
or mall listed will offer free shopping for all 
their customers on November 29th. Every- 
thing in all the stores will be free. Do it slick, 
print up thousands, get a small crew or two 
together, and distribute it widely throughout 
your community; preferably in mailboxes and 
on car windshields in poorer neighborhoods 
on Thanksgiving day. Simple, and if you do it 
right, worth a little chaos to the stores the next 
day as folks inquire about or demand their 
free goods. Hopefully confusing for the real 
shoppers bent on spending money as well. 

Next step is to get a little larger crowd- 
ten, fifteen, twenty people-willing to hit any 
of the stores on the list as fake shoppers on the 
29th. Everyone has a folded flyer in their 
pocket, so all of you rush around filling up on 
commodities, exclaiming to your fellow shop- 
pers how wonderful it is that all of this is free. 
Then everybody heads for every available 
exit at about the same time, loudly arguing 
with anybody who tries to stop you as you 
march out that "Hell, it says right here on this 
flyer you guys put out that it^ all free!" 

Anyone who gets through, and again if 
you've picked your target store well, not to 
mention created enough background chaos, 
some invariably will; then walk down the 
sidewalk giving your spoils away, telling the 
people you give it to: 'Tiey, it's all free! An 
excellent tactic, because with twenty folks 
and over, you've got a semi-disciplined mob, 
capable of some serious looting. Numbers 
enough to rush an exit, intimidate a guard, or 
cause a panic. Once again, giving the stuff 
away after it's looted is half the fun of such an 
action. 

The best holiday in these next three 
months, of course, is Halloween, and not 
because of its pagan, anti-Christian imagery. 
I participated in the 1992 anti-Columbus Day 
black bloc actions in SF, as well as in other 
demos where people wore bandannas, and 
the cops arrested folks for disguising their 
identities, when no other reason was avail- 
able. It's illegal to wear a mask most times of 
the year, but not on Halloween! Since the day 
falls on a Thursday this year, and with many 
Halloween parties happening the weekend 
before, it's likely that folks can get away with 
walking around in costume for much of that 
week. 



So, here's the plan 

Get a small, "limited circulation" flyer 
together for a meeting sometime in the sec- 
ond week of October to organize a "Bash The 
Rich Scavenger Hunt" on Halloween. The 
idea for this meeting is not to mobilize thou- 
sands, but rather to get together a group often 
or twenty people willing to do a lot of shit- 
work. 

The "Bash The Rich Scavenger Hunt" is 
the simplest thing to do. Just draw up a flyer 
announcing the Halloween event, along with 
a list of objects to be "found" and the points 
for each item. Twenty points for any piece of 
a silk Armani tie or scarf. Fifty points for 
fancy hats and expensive umbrellas. One hun- 
dred points for a pair of tasseled loafers. Two 
hundred points for a mailbox displaying an 
upscale address. Five hundred for the Mer- 
cedes, seven hundred for the Jaguar, and nine 
hundred for the Rolls in the car hood orna- 
ment category. You get the idea. Be creative. 
Put down a wide range of items so that folks 
on the hunt can actually get something. Give 
potential participants info about the best plac- 
es in your community to do their "hunting." 
At the bottom of the flyer, also announce a 
Halloween party, with real awards given out 
at midnight to winners of the Scavenger Hunt. 
Then, pass out the flyer to people you think 
would be interested. 

To emphasize the point once more, the 
reason to have the "Bash The Rich Scavenger 
Hunt" on Halloween is because it's the only 
day of the year you can get away with roam- 
ing the streets wearing a disguise. Preferably 
one that can be quickly removed so that you 
can speedily return to your "normal" appear- 
ance. In the two weeks following the first 
meeting, at the very minimum, the Scavenger 
Hunt group is openly organizing the party, 
while more clandestinely getting small groups 
of friends ready for the Scavenger Hunt itself. 

There is a way to maximize the Hallow- 
een event in turn. To set the stage for the 
Scavenger Hunt. Do a "Haunt The Rich" cam- 
paign from the weekend of the 25th up until 
the 31st. 

Haunting the rich has open and clan- 
destine components as well. The open aspect 
of the campaign means doing some research, 
and some prop-making. Check out the news- 
papers and the society pages for upper crust 
Halloween parties. In this election year there 
might be a few fancy political fundraisers 
handy. Then, design props and costumes for 
... a hooded crowd wearing skull masks on a 
busy financial district corner supporting a 
wire and papier-mache Grim Reaper with the 
sign "We can no longer afford the rich!" ... 
providing the patrons of every high class 
sidewalk cafe with menus on how to "eat the 
rich" ... building a mock gallows across the 
street from the above mentioned bourgeois 
party or political fundraiser, dressed in Docs, 
camoes and balaklavas, holding a banner: 
"Behold, your future executioners!" Folks will 
likely recognize these variations on deeds 
done by others. So again, be creative. Some of 
these events can actually be advertised with 
flyers. Remember, if it's all kept as "theater," 
you'll very probably get away with it because 
of the holiday. 

The clandestine side needs some back- 
ground. 



As you might know, I once lived in 
deep, deep SoCal. San Diego. The city annu- 
ally sponsored something called an "Art 
Walk, where locals and tourists on a down- 
town foot route visited oh-so-boheme art gal- 
leries, studios and workshops. A half dozen 
of us, loosely out of the SD p unk scene who'd 
worked on various political issues as local 
ARA, AYF, etc., in turn created our own, after 
dark art walks. Our art walks were primarily 
spray painting expeditions in and around 
downtown San Diego, and they quickly grew 
from the original handful to between fifteen 
and thirty people by simple word-of-mouth. 
We hit other nearby professional areas, then 
moved into well-to-do neighborhoods and 
commercial areas where the occasional Benz 
or Jaguar tire did go flat from a well-applied 
locking knife or ice pick. 

Haunting the rich from October 26 to 30 
involves conducting such clandestine, noc- 
turnal art walks in appropriate neighborhoods 
and districts around your city or community. 
And because art walks need some experience 
to achieve their best results, it wouldn't hurt 
to "practice" a couple in the two weeks prior 
to the "Haunt The Rich" campaign. Art walks 
are also good practice for the "Bash The Rich 
Scavenger Hunt." 

So, you got all that? 

A meeting the second week in October. 
Leafleting, organizing, researching, prop- 
making, and occasionally, art walking for the 
next two weeks, Oct. 12-25. Then the Oct. 26- 
30 "Haunt The Rich" campaign of theater by 
day, art walk by night. Finally, a real live 
"Bash The Rich Scavenger Hunt" on Hallow- 
een, with costumed people running about 
"collecting" items from the well-to-do. 

Two comments on all of this. First, the 
above is neither a "national call to action" nor 
a precise blueprint. It's merely some well- 
thought-out scenarios that take advantage of 
the upcoming holidays to make some politi- 
cal points. Second, these activities are not 
intended to be the epitome of class war ac- 
tion. They're simply practical, creative and 
relatively easy-to-do events that are poten- 
tially inspiring and definitely fun. 

Obviously, you have to decide what to 
do, and how to do it, taking into account 
where you live, who's working with you, and 
what resources you have available. 

Enough said. The rest of this column's 
on stuff I've gotten lately. Keep sending your 
interesting news clippings, and noteworthy 
items to me c/o MRR. 

...ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS... 
WHATTA THEY DONE TO MY UTOPIA 
MA... I met the folks that put out Nezvs From 
Noivhere, Marcus and Christie, at an SF party. 
Really fine people who impressed me as prac- 
tical, feet-f irmly-on-the-ground anarchists. So 
I asked them for a copy of their magazine to 
review in this column, expecting to give it a 
rave. Well, Issue No. 4, Spring 1996 arrived, 
and now I kinda regret the promise to write it 
up. News From Nozimere (11x17 tabloid, 16pgs; 
$4/ 1 issue, sub. $15/4 issues; P.O. Box 460593, 
San Francisco, C A 94146) is subtitled a "Jour- 
nal of Creative Resistance" and subtexted 
"dedicated to uniting art and culture with 
political struggles." It features fiction, poetry, 
essays, criticism, photography, graphics; the 
usual literary magazine fair. In case you didn't 



get the reference, the journal's name comes 
from the title of a book written by William 
Morris, an 19th century artist, poet and de- 
signer among other things. Morris's book 
described a social Utopia, and the word "Uto- 
pia" literally translated is "nowhere." Let's 
start with the good points. This is an extreme- 
ly well done, downright beautiful publica- 
tion. The center spread, which features local 
street puppetry and street theater, is stun- 
ning. What's more, News From Nowhere calls it 
true. An artist is referred to as an artist, and 
not as a "cultural worker," a term bandied 
about by prol wannabe's who abandon co- 
herent class analysis in the process. And some 
of the poetry is interesting. These can't out- 
weigh this journal's problems however. The 
publication is intended to aid in "the creation 
of a supportive, dedicated community of rad- 
ical artists," with an emphasis upon cultural 
activism and on "exploring the current situa- 
tion: what's happening in the arts, both estab- 
lishment and alternative; what's left of the 
left and counterculture; the great conflicts in 
our society, their underlying causes, and our 
reaction to them as artists." Little of this pos- 
sesses the visionary fire of the magazine's 
Utopian namesake, let alone of past literary 
projects such as The Masses, Partisan Review, 
The Black Mountain Review, etc. Without this 
visionary emphasis, what creeps into the jour- 
nal is the current defensive, directionless ' mal- 
aise of the Left." The concrete basis for this 
malaise — the collapse of the Soviet Union 
and Soviet-style socialism, the marketization 
of Chinese, Vietnamese and Cuban social- 
isms, European social democracy's abandon- 
ment of the "welfare state, " the US Democrat- 
ic Party's jettisoning of liberalism, etc.has 
given the Left the perception that "things fall 
apart, for the center will not hold." The Left 
has become a rudderless ship upon the sea of 
current events, and there is the sense that 
socialism today is on-the-run, fighting rear 
guard actions, hunkered down and merely 
determined to survive. Returning to the im- 
portance of vision, Marx would have consid- 
ered Morris a "utopian socialist," criticizing 
that type of socialism for failing to come up 
with any practical strategy for getting us from 
our present fucked up world to some kind of 
liberated future. Correct enough, yet it must 
be said that Marx didn't understand the occa- 
sional benefits to Utopian thinking, which 
encourages experimentation, pushingbound- 
aries, a willingness to change personal think- 
ing and behavior, the creation of alternative 
institutions and intentional communities, etc. 
By contrast, there is very little in Neius From 
Nowhere that is exciting, thought-provoking 
or daring, let alone avant-garde in either an 
artistic or a political sense. It's not very lively, 
irreverent, numorous or feisty. Without a 
cultural vision, and without an aggressive 
assault on capitalist culture, the effort to cre- 
ate a radical artistic community is reduced to 
forming a defensive cultural redoubt, con- 
cerned with resistance rather than revolu- 
tion. The ongoing demonstration of the Left's 
fundamental bankruptcy and collapse — cit- 
ed as the concrete basis for the above mal- 
aise—is also our opportunity to junk this 
obsolete Left. We need to reconsider forms of 
revolutionary socialism and radical aesthet- 
ics that are outside of the largely failed Leftist 




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orthodoxies, but we also need to explore en- 
tirely new political and cultural territory. Un- 
fortunately, News From Nowhere is not much 
good for doing either. Ah well, Marcus and 
Christie are still nice folks... 
ALL THE ANIMALS IN THE ZOO... The 
San Diego Zoo was not too cooperative in 
helping the city entertain its Republican guests 
attending the Aug. 12-15 GOP nominating 
convention. The Zoo killed a planned weh 
coming party for the 55 California convention 
delegates earlier this year, "defying the polit- 
ical muscle of Mayor Susan Golding in the 
process." Then the National Republican Con 
gressional Committee organized a "Salute to 
Newt Gingrich" for Aug. 11, which was re 
ported cancelled by the week of July 7-13. The 
Zoo never out-and-out refused to hold the 
Republican's events, they simply proved so 
hard to deal with that the GOP went else- 
where. Gingrich, "one of the country's most 
conspicuous zoo enthusiasts," apparently was 
disappointed at the cancellation of his party, 
which was then moved to Sea World. Guess 
the Zoo figured that the monkeys would com- 
plain that one of their own was running loose 
This from the 7-15-96 San Diego Union-Tri- 
bune. The article continues with a story about 
an escort service organized in time to jump on 
the Republican convention bandwagon. At 
first calling itself Gorgeous Outcall Pleasures, 
owner Renee Finney changed it to Good Old- 
fashioned Pleasure Escort Service (GOP, get 
it!). Finney offered a number of convention 
specials: ''You keep a girl two hours and you 
get the third hour free. You pay for three 
women and they throw the fourth one in free. 
You go four hours and the first hour is $120 
and the next three are $90." She swears that 
none of this involves any type of sex. "Her 
escorts may be attractive. . .but no one involved 
in the operatin is that dumb." Thanks to Bob 
Barley for that little tidbit. 
YOUR BASIC PLUG... My book is being 
reprinted by AK Press. Called End Time: Notes 
On The Apocalypse ($10; P.O. Box 40682, San 
Francisco, CA 94140-0682), it's a science fic- 
tion thriller that now has a great new cover by 
John Yates of Stealworks. Other little goodies 
from my publisher: a new addition of the 
Scum Manifesto with a biography of Valerie 
Solanas. And if you want to know why I talk 
about the '60's in less than serious terms, 
consider Sinclair's Guitar Army. In the origi 
nal rainbow paper printing (thought by some 
a collector's item at $25), it compiles the "street 
and prison writings" of White Panther Party 
chairman and MC5 promoter, John Sinclair. 
He manages to call for rigorous "Marxism- 
Leninism-Mao Tse Tung Thought" and quote 
Lenin's "Left-wing Communism: An Infan- 
tile Disorder" in the same breath he advo- 
cates rock'n'roll, smoking dope, and fucking 
in the streets. Finally, AK Press Audio has a 
fundraising 22-band CD out, called "Better 
Read Than Dead" ($12). There's some pretty 
clever John Yates graphics here, capping on 
Mao-era Chinese "socialist realism. " The punk 
is varied enough that you'll find something 
you like, and it's not all punk music. A nice 
little package, except for the fact that both 
band lists are impossible to read. Other than 
the fact that this is being distributed by the 
corporate whores at Epitaph, this is a pretty 
cool CD. 




She was in a barely controlled state of 
panic. Frantically flipping through the pages 
of her calendar and fearfully counting the 
days and weeks since her last period. I tried to 
ease her mind and reassure her that every- 
thing would be okay, but as the days slipped 
into weeks, my comfort became pretty use- 
less. She hadn t had her period, she was over 
a week late, the morning after pill hadn't 
done shit, and the guy who was part of get- 
ting her into this situation had magically 
disappeared. I try to be there for her and hold 
her when she breaks down. I try to be strong 
when she is feeling too weak to handle all of 
this. But I keep having this nagging question 
in the back or my mind that remains unan- 
swered. And that is, where the fuck is the guy 
who is 50% responsible for this current situa- 
tion? It takes two to tango, and before the 
pregnancy, this guy was more then willing to 
do the rumba. But then the first site of trouble 
and this guy becomes Harry Fucking Houd 
ni. Disappeared. Gone. Vanished. 

The fact that he lives in the same town 
as she does and yet is nowhere to be found 
hasn't escaped her. I see her check her an- 
swering machine and I know that each time 
she receives no call, that it adds to her pain. 
Finally, we talked about him. I asked her why 
he wasn't around and she said she had no 
idea. Was it a one nite stand with a stranger? 
No. They were friends. Had been friends for 
years. Their affair was casual and not heading 
into a deep, intense relationship, but first and 
foremost was the fact that they were sup- 
posed to be friends. Did he not know that she 
was pregnant? Yes, he knew. He knew that 
she'd taken the morning after pill and that she 
was afraid she was pregnant. And did he call 
to find out if her periodhad started? No. Call 
to see if she was pregnant or not? No. Called 
to see if she needed a ride to the clinic for a 
pregnancy test? No. Called just to see if she 
was dealing with this okay? Called to say hi? 
Simply called? Nope. Nothing. 

Personally, I don't give two shits about 
how these people got into this situation. Un- 
protected sex, the condom broke, the dia- 
phragm slipped, the pill was missed, the cer- 
vical cap wasn't on right, the vasectomy wasn't 
complete... you name it and it-can happen. To 
anyone. But the bottom line is responsibility. 
It's taking responsibility for your actions. It's 
pretty fuckin easy for the guy to walk away 
from these situations. It's not his body. He s 
not feeling nauseated all the time. He's not 
feeling so exhausted that he can barely move. 
He doesn't have to live through an abortion 
or the birth of a child. He can just walk away 
and never look back. But I also don't under- 
stand how a guy can live with himself after 
doing that. How he can sleep at nite knowing 



that he knocked some girl up, is half way 
responsible, and yet can turn his back and not 
give a shit. What the fuck. 

Taking responsibility doesn't have to 
mean a gun pressed to your neck, a wedding 
band being slipped onto your finger and the 
words T do' coming out of you between grit- 
ted teeth. No shotgun wedding is necessary. 
At least, not in this situation. All that was 
needed was for both parties to take responsi- 
bility and deal with the consequences. And 
just to make this clear, I want to put the 
emphasis on the words BOTH PARTIES. A 
woman can't walk away from an unwanted 
pregnancy. Choices and decisions need to be 
made and in most cases, reaching those deci- 
sions is a terrifying and painful process. I 
watched what it did to my friend when she 
had to live through this all by herself and I 
would wish that on my worst fucking enemy. 
So pick up the phone and call. Offer the ride 
to the clinic. Give a shoulder to cry on and 
hands to grip during the hardest parts. Just be 
there. Taxe responsibility for your actions 
and deal with the consequences cuz you can 
dways run, but you'll never be able to hide 
rom yourself. 




Alright - back in MRR #1 55, Matt Wroth 
of Wroth! fanzine clued us all in on some 
common pitfalls to avoid when putting to- 
gether your own fanzine. Well, I want to 
follow-up on that general topic, broadening 
the discussion to include not only the 'nuts 
and bolts' aspect- of how a zine gets put 
together, but also the deeper philosophical 
issues that go into making a fanzine not only 
something worth doing, but also something 
worth reading. See, form follows function, 
and likewise, function follows form, and with- 
out a doubt it is a total lack of understanding 
of this symbiotic relationship, along with a 
corresponding lack of a focused purpose, that 
results in there being 80 much garbage out 
there in the world of indie publishing. I'm 
gonna come down hard on some aspects of 
zine publishing here, 80 get ready... 

Ok, first off, a lot ofthe worst zines out 
there are of the art/poetry/personal-angst 
type. People talk about the 'zine revolution' 
and how zines are this great form of 'alterna- 
tive media', but basically if you're coming off 
like some manic-depressive art-school drop- 
out in your writing, I can tell you right now, 
no one wants to hear it. Sorry. Get it all out on 
paper if it makes you feel better, but for 
godsakes don't go foisting that self-indul- 
gent, self-pitying crap on the rest of us. You 
need a purpose, goddamit! You gotta have an 
axe to grind, but it's gotta be in the sense that 
it's manifesting itselfin the form of some sort 
of positive action in your zine. Whining about 



how life is not fair gets real old, real quic 
You've got to have more focus than that. In 
the right hands, the printed word can become 
a powerful weapon, even if only in a strictly 
representative manner. The truth is a subjec- 
tive thing, but I think we've all heard enough 
bullshit from the mainstream media to recog- 
nize the stench of professional journalistic 
'ethics' or 'news values', and to know better. 
There is no truth there. But by stark contrast; 
when a motivated individual chooses to 
speak-out and manages to hit the nail on the 
proverbial head, we all know it. Choose your 
targets carefully, back-up your assertions with 
good logic and reasoning, and don~tbe afraid 
to draw a line in the sand that says, "Do not 
cross." 

Another real problems some zines seem 
to have is an inability to find their niche. To 
me, there is no niche for the art/poetry/ 
whinefest-type zine because it's just not nec- 
essary. It serves no function, it accomplishes 
no goal. Personal zines sometimes tread that 
fine line between being useful or just plain 
useless, but the good ones offer something in 
the way of either being entertaining, informa- 
tive or both. It certainly helps if you live in the 
real world with the rest of us, and aren't 
spending all your time locked-up in your 
bedroom, thinking of 1001 ways to end it all. 
The Probe #5 is an excellent example of a zine 
that is mostly personal/confessional in its 
slant, yet is amazing reading nonetheless - 
let's face it, Aaron's got a real interesting life. 
You also get to see behind the scenes of what 
goes into putting the Probe together, as he 
discusses at length the headaches and frus- 
trations that go into putting a zine like that 
out. The first zines I ever saw or got into were 
always music/punk-rock oriented though, 
80 that's more my thing. 

There are some real pros and cons to 
doing a music-oriented zine however. In gen- 
eral, the mainstream media only condescends 
to talk about punk-rock when it suits their 
purposes, such as garnering a younger audi- 
ence, appearing 'hip', etc. That's why it's so 
important that there are music-oriented pub- 
lications out there that don~t just focus on the 
'big names' or 'established acts' - there needs 
to be a support network out there for bands 
that otherwise would never get written about, 
that are genuine in what they are trying to do 
(i.e. having fun), and that aren't just out to be 
made into rock-stars by the music-industry 
machine. We're talking diversity in coverage 
here, we're talking leaving no stone unturned. 
But even when you get beyond the level of 
talking about, say for instance, bands like 
Nirvana or Green Day or Rancid - bands that 
come from a 'punk' tradition, but have long 
since outgrown the need or desire for grass- 
roots support as provided by the underground 
fanzines - you still have bands like, say, the 
Melvins or Steelpole Bathtub or Fugazi, who 
are by no means nousehold words, Dut at the 
same time, have been written about or inter- 
viewed by just about damn near everybody 
that does a punk-rock fanzine. I get tired of 
seeing the same groups in the underground 
press, over and over and over again. If you're 
going to do a music-oriented zine, you ve got 
to stake out a little more unique of a claim 
than just wanting to be another Flipside or 
MRR, because those zines already exist and 



do what they do pretty darn well. Find bands 
that aren't being written about and cover 
them instead. Coming from the practically 
non-existent Houston scene of the late '80s, 
I've always had a real bone to pick with the 
lack of coverage given to local bands who I 
often thought were doing amazing shit that 
was going virtually unnoticed. These bands 
are usually readily accessible, friendly, talk- 
ative and full of personality, and what's more, 
they haven't been already oeen written about 
ad nauseum. But, you've got to get at what it 
is that appeals to you so much about these 
bands that you would want to interview them. 
Too often I see interviews with bands that I've 
never heard of, or barely heard of, and the 
whole thing is presented in such a way as to 
leave one going, "I didn't care about the band 
before, and I still don't care about them now." 
It can at times be very difficult, but your goal 
should be to get some of that band s person- 
ality to rub off on that blank page. A sense of 
humor helps a lot on both parties part. Pic- 
tures and graphics are nice too. It doesn't 
have to be anything slick or fancy, just some- 
thing to add to the reader's mental picture of 
a band they otherwise may have never seen 
or heard before. If the band's not talkative, 
then you're going to have to fill in the blanks 
yourself, and that can be hard if you aren't 
intimately familiar with them. On the other 
hand, group interviews can sometimes get 
out of hand. Trim the fat in the editing process 
as best you can, again trying to combine the 
best aspects of being informative, while at the 
same time entertaining. I personally prefer 
interviews with only one or two of the band 
members present - you get more meat and 
less filler that way, it's a lot easier to tran- 
scribe, and it won t degenerate as easily into 
just a bunch of wise-ass one-liners from "the 
boys in the band". It's also less intimidating 
to a degree, although you'll have to carry 
more ofthe conversational burden. 

But what about the rest of the zine? 
What if you don't like doing interviews? What 
if there aren't any good bands around? Well, 
that can certainly make your job a lot harder. 
But there's got to be something out there that 
you're into, that's keeping you entertained. 
Reviews are ok, but it helps if you can find 
some angle or some unique personal slant to 
work into your writing. Again, a sense of 
humor helps a lot. Also, you might try re- 
viewing things that you don't like, in order to 
make some more general point about where 
you stand on some particular subject. My 
review style tends to oe fairly terse with re- 
gards to records that I do like, and more 
verbose when I really hate something. It's 
enough to briefly describe something and say 
'get it, you'll like it' without pontificating in 
grandiose terms on the significance of this or 
that, but when something - particularly some- 
thing that is considered Tlip' in certain circles 
but Ijust think is really dumb - rubs me the 
wrong way or provokes a strong "That's fuck- 
ing bullshit!" reaction, I really sink my teeth 
into it. Again, it's important to choose your 
targets well. There's nothing worse than a 
person with strong opinions, but not a god- 
damn leg to stand on. Articles or profiles on 
writers, artists or bands you really like (or 
hate) can be a way around the straight, Q&A 
interview-type thing, but you've got to really 



'get into- your subject to dredge up anything 
of worth. Answer Me! really seemed to excel 
at that, particularly their profiles of such fas- 
cinating personalities as Anton La Vey, Ice- 
berg Slim and Boyd Rice. They really sold you 
on these people, without coming off as just a 
bunch of bullshit hype. But these 'artists" and 
their work went hand-in-hand with Answer 
Mel's stringently anti-commercial/misan- 
thropic slant, so perhaps that's one reason it 
worked so well in that given context. 

Which brings me to my final point, 
which is the need to find some sort of unique, 
recurring theme or stylistic trademark, espe- 
cially in terms of your zine's visual presenta- 
tion. It's an on-going, ever-evolving process, 
but at the same time, it helps keep your read- 
ership coming back issue after issue if there's 
something there for them to identify with 
both graphically and conceptually. You're 
certainly not going to appeal to everyone, no 
matter what you do, but you can at least 
separate "the men from the boys" that way. A 
picture, they say, is worth a thousand words, 
and the graphic 'look' of your zine can speak 
volumes. 

Well, that's all for now - hopefully I've 
given you something to think about 'til next 
time! 

Chuck c/o Apathy Trend, 912-A West Eliza- 
beth, Austin, TX 78704 



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Jason Useless 






When I Am Dictator. 



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Well, I'm now the proud father of a 
beautiful baby girl, Veronica Marie Toon 
White, born July 30, 1996. She can scream 
even louder than the girls in Raooul, and 
she's a hell of a lot cuter. 

If it doesn't displease Tim too much, I'm 
just going to say a quick thing about being 
somebody's daddy. A lot of punks seem to 
think that when you have kids, you automat- 
ically become an uptight robot, drained of the 
slightest hint of radical thinking and con- 
cerned only with working 60 hours a week to 
pay for the kid's little league and orthodon- 
ture and whatnot. But I feel like having a baby 
is actually a radicalizing experience. I feel like 
if I didn't do everything in my power (admit- 
tedly not much) to make the world a little less 
like a toilet, my daughter could stand up 20 or 
30 or 40 years from now and look me in the 
eye and say, "You let me down." And she 
would be right. 

Think about the hippie generation. For 
a while, it seemed like the Establishment (the 
Man, Ofay, Uncle Charlie, whatever) was 
caught off guard, and anything could hap- 
pen. Well, we all know what did happen: 
some worthwhile social and cultural progress 
that, unfortunately, has been rolled back, in 
many cases by the same people who brought 



it about in the first place. (The capitulation of 
feminist leaders like Betty Friedan, for in- 
stance, or the radicals who went into petty 
capitalism, like Tom Hayden or Dick Grego- 
ry.) I think we're justified in damning that 
generation for caving in. Damned if I'm going 
to let the same thing happen to me. 

But this kind of stuff isn't what you're 
here to read, is it? On with the^you guessed it, 
transformation of society. — The legal entity 
of the corporation ("heart of flowing shit," in 
one popular translation of the Latin) arose 
out of a need for the rich to be held less 
accountable for their actions. This way, your 
favorite CEO can close all his factories, pay 
himself and the board of directors lucrative 
salaries and bonuses, and gut the company's 
assets, leaving the company buried in debt. 
And not a penny of his personal wealth will 
be touched. Well, this monstrosity will wither 
and die in the light of our bold new day. 
When I am dictator, corporations will be abol 
ished, and businessmen will be held person 
ally accountable for their economic crimes. 
— Everybody knows that the standards of 
beauty (especially female) upheld in maga- 
zines, movies, ads, etc., are a major contribu- 
tor to eating disorders and other psychologi- 
cal problems for those who perpetually feel 
inadequate about the way they look. But oth 
er than some vague thing called "trying to 
promote a healthy body image," nobody 
knows what to do about it. Meanwhile, the 
Pamela Andersons and Courteney Coxes con- 
tinue to be the standard held aloft by our 
culture, the Ultimate Women. I have a very 
clear idea what to do about this. All models 
and actors will be chosen by a random lottery 
of the population. All citizens will be expect- 
ed to perform model duty when called, and 
will be paid the going rates for the job. (If 
you're drafted for a K-Mart ad, expect $75; for 
the lead in Striptease, $12 million.) This way, 
the images we see on the page and the screen 
will really reflect who we are. Imagine over- 
weight women, skinny guys with big noses, 
elderly people, and physically disabled peo- 
ple on the covers of Vogue and Cosmo, and 
having steamy aldutery on Melrose Place. 
Maybe, just maybe, we d eventually be able 
to appreciate the sexuality of everyone's body 
— Here's one that may be seen as a conflict of 
interest on my part, but it still makes sense. 
It's time to start paying parents to stay home 
and raise their kids. I know, I know, parent- 
ing doesn't technically generate any wealth, 
but does the President? Do firemen or street- 
cleaners or teachers? We pay those people 
under the presumption that they perform 
socially useful functions, and I can think of no 
more useful function than the sound raising 
of children. If the Ralph Reed family types 
were serious about family values, they'd val- 
ue the family enough to pay for it. If the law 
and order types really wanted crime off of the 
streets, they'd make sure no child had to 
grow up alone and deprived. But those peo- 
ple only want to make themselves feel better 
about these problems, so they keep building 
more prisons and trying to criminalize gays. 
I'm trying to solve a problem here. It's time 
for parents to get paid. 

And on tha t somewhat sel f-serving note, 
I bid you now adieu. I'd like to thank Tim for 
putting up with my recent flakiness, and 



assure him that I'll be a good boy from now 
on. (By the way, am I allowed to sell ad space 
in my column? A friend I'll call "Dr. Bertt" 
has been bugging me...) To the rest of you, 
send anything to PO Box 63452, St. Louis, MO 
63163. 



Ray 

Ujan 



I was hoping a month delay on this 
column would give it a kick but I don't think 
it really did. The punk rock explosion has 
kinda turned into the bad punk rock explo- 
sion. The same for pop punk too. There's a 
helluva lotta stuff coming out and it's getting 
harder to weed out the great stuff from the 
generic stuff or even the quality generic stuff. 
Either that or there's the one great song and 
three not-so-great songs on an EP syndrome. 
Which make me reluctant to mention here 
since I kinda like to stand by the stuff I push 
I'm also sure punk and pop punk turned out 
to be the new heavy metal now. Which isn't to 
say I didn't enjoy the Warped Tour or the new 
limmy Eat World LP on Capital. By industry 
standards I hear rumors of punk being dead. 
Again. I'm certainly no indie rock purist, I've 



seen more "rock venue" shows than anyone 
would care to admit to and when the Go Go's 
reunite again, I'll probably be there. From a 
personal stand point I'd like to see more 
'good" stuff coming out. If your just gonna 
copy your favorite band note for note, there's 
lots of other thing's in this world to do. Seri- 
ously. I know not everyone can be as unique 
sounding as Fugazi and I can relate to the fun 
aspect of it all, but maybe bands should com- 
bine those three ok EP's into one good EP. I 
guess less is more sometimes. I'd better stop 
jefore I break into a good ol' days spiel. On a 
lighter note. 

This month's hottest new-ish band is 
DISCOUNT. These guys crank out some kill- 
er pop punk in the J Church with a girl singer 
vein. Their CD "Ataxia's Alright Tonight" on 
Liquid Meat ($8 ppd., PO Box 460692, Escon- 
dido, CA 92046) is pretty damn solid with 
great vocals, catchy octave riffs in all the right 
places, and perky pop punk tunes for days. I 
mentioned their first single a few months 
back so this was a much welcomed new arriv- 
al for me. A sort of a bonus I suppose, DIS 
COUNT also has a great EP "All Too Often' 
out on Mighty Idy Records ($3.50 ppd., PO 
Box 7756, Clearwater, FL 34618). Four more 
strong tracks from these folks. Also on Mighty 
lay Records (same info as the DISCOUNT! 
EP) is the MY PAL TRIGGER "The Riverview 
Mentality" EP. Coming across a less throaty 
late-once-great Jawbreaker, think "Unfun" in 
sound and production. Three noisy pop emo 
numbers from this also from Florida combo. 
So far so good for the new Mighty Idy label. 
The MAOW "The Unforgiving Sounds Of..." 
CD on Mint (#699-810 West Broadway, Van- 



couver, BC, V53 4C9, Canada) is cool all-gal 
rootsy rock-n-roll punk a la The Cramps and 
the Groovie Ghoulies. A fun combo that could 
catch on with the trendy garage crowd as well 
as the amateurpop (i.e. Cub) crowd. 

ME FIRST has a new CD EP on Broken 
Rekids (PO Box 460402, San Francisco, CA 
94146). A fine follow up to their debut EP 
mentioned last column. Muffs/amateur gal 
pop rock from SF that stays clear of heavy 
handed politics with topics such as peanut 
butter (in a "my roommate ate my ...sense) 
and clowns (whom they're not fond of). 

On the more straight forward punk 
front, the BLOUNT "Trauma" CD on Fearless 
Records (13772 Goldenwest St. #545, West- 
minister, CA 92683) is rocking Rhythm Colli- 
sion/Face To Face type SoCal stuff. Snotty 
pop punk with catchy up tempo tunes. You 
know the sound with the tight riffing and all. 
A fine addition to the pop punk rock commu- 
nity. The always great PROPAGANDHI have 
a new full length "Less Talk More Rock" out 
on Fat Wreck Chords (PO Box 460144, San 
Francisco, CA 94146). Hyper politically 
charged thrashy pop punk that conforms for 
no one. Rumor nas it that this isn't being 
stocked in chain stores per da' band but I 
guess that's another column's turf. The string 
of killer releases continues from these guys. 
The AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL "The Exis- 
tentialist Blues" EP on Unheard Records (PO 
Box 423000, San Francisco, CA 94142) is fun 
Queers /Screeching Weasel type stuff with a 
less produced, more amateurish slant. 7 tunes 
on a 7 inch worth checking out. NOTHING 
COOL who put out a good disc a few months 
back, have a new EP Loser's Hall Of Fame" 
out on Clearview (2157 Pueblo Dr., Garland, 
TX 75040). Although the great song "Losers 
..." isn't on this, there are three throaty punk 
tunes (including a Social D cover) with a 
thrashy quality for pop punkers and punk 
rockers to unite too. A local combo that doesn't 
play enough around here. The US BOMBS are 
back with the full length "Garibaldi Guard" 
on Alive Records (PO Box 71 12, Burbank, CA 
91510). A SoCal combo that cranks out the 
quality brit influenced punk better than 99% 
of those reunited UK Bands put together mi- 
nus a band or two. Dig? Worth it just for 
Retreads", a classic tune if I do say so myself. 
These guys rock a la the UTTERS live too. 
Need I say more? Hopefully more plentiful 
than their 1st LP. 

And now for some reissue news. The 
SWEET BABY/BRENT'S TV split CD on 
Lookout (PO Box 11374, Berkeley, CA 94712) 
isn't really a true re-ish as these two 1st wave 
of Gilman bands crank out the rootsy punk 
pop. The Sweet Baby stuff really rules. Awe- 
some love song stuff from their demo that 
lead to the Slash LP years back. Classic Stuff. 
Brent's TV is a pre Hi-Fives combo with a 60's 
feel a la their current outfit. The CRINGER 
CD "Tikki Tikki Tempo. . ." CD on Vinyl Com- 
munications (PO Box 8623, Chula Vista, CA 
91912) is comp of their 1st two 45's and their 
LP. Pre-J Church stuff with a rawer less pop 
feel, but still a fine listen. Recommended for 
both J Church fans and pop punk historians. 
Grand Theft Audio (501 West Glenoaks Blvd, 
Suite 313, Glendale, CA91202) keeps the qual- 
ity classic stuff coming in on CD. The NO 
CRISIS "Everything +" CD is great early 80's 



SoCal stuff a la Channel 3. Pretty much that 
Frontier /Poshboy sound of the good ol' days 
The 12" tracks as well as much live and demo 
stuff. Also on Grand Theft Audio is the PLAIN 
WRAP/MOX NIX split CD. Plain Wrap, who 
put out a great LP years back, are featured 
from their "This Is Punk Rock" demo. More 
SoCal stuff with a catchy hardcore sound. 
Mox Nix is a pre-Plain Wrap combo. Raw and 
fast stuff with more thrash delivery. Also on 
GTA is the BAD POSTURE "G.D.M.F.S.O.B 
CD. This band got a lot of mileage out of the 
title track considering they recently did a 
reunion show here (didn't go). One release 
and that was it. 12" tracks, demo and live stuff 
here. These guys sound better now to me than 
they did years ago. Punk rock raw and basic 
almost early DOA and DK's sounding. Not 
the best band from the era or the SF area back 
then, but this rocks now in retrospect. A good 
punk rock release. 

Anyways, it's been slow on the wimp 
and pop front so I'll call it a column here. You 
wimp and pop bands should send stuff to my 
attention here for column coverage. I keep 
trying to cover new bands but I'm as clue less 
as the next guy when it comes to the mass of 
indie releases in the stores. Any help is appre- 
ciated, just no mail order catalogs or price list 
flyers please. Later. 




ANOTHER DAMN TOUR STORY: 

Also known as... 

WHY ENGLAND EATS A DICK 

I awoke that morning to Hoffy, our tour 
manager yelling, "Border! American's get up, 
grab your passports, we're in England? Meet 
you on the other side." It was 

way too early for us. We had just crossed the 
English Channel at Calais to arrive at the 
glorious Port of Dover. The German band 
that we toured with, Approach To Concrete, 
got to sleep through the border while we non 
EC members were about to experience a 38 
hours like none other. 

The eight of us stumbled into the border 
station still swollen and foggy from too few 
hours of sleep . We scribbledour names on the 
necessary forms and all took our places in 
front of the booths expecting the officials to 
glance at our passports and forms, nod down 
at us, stamp our passports and wave us on. 

Somewhere, this plan went horribly 
wrong. Was it when we all crawled in togeth- 
er looking like American trash; poor, un- 
washed and ill? Was it when a person to my 
right said he was in the band and we had a 
week off, then a person to my left said he 
wasn't in the band (he was a roadie)? Was it 
when they asked me where I'd be singing and 
I said I wouldn't be because I wasn't even in 
the band? Was it when we all looked at each 



other with total perplexion in our eyes? 

Then they asked for our working pa- 
pers. Working papers?!? FUCK!!! In the early 
morning haze we forgot to get them from 
Hoffy. We explained to the snotty English 
officials that our tour manager was on the 
other side waiting for us. The bastard who 
interrogated me made me lead him to the bus, 
feeling like Benedict Arnold with each step. 

'Hoffy, we need the work papers." 

"What work papers?" 

Holy shit! Our touring company forgot 
to get us work papers. Worse yet, they forgot 
to tell us to lie! I stole a glance of the other side 
of the border, since I had a bad feeling that it 
would be the only one I'd get. I wasn't that 
impressed. 

By the time I get back to everyone, they 
were all sitting on those damn steel bucket 
chairs staring incredulously at the officials 
who have now huddled with our passports in 
hands, whispering and plotting what to do 
with us. Then they disappear into a side room. 

Great. We wait for about a half an hour 
until a couple of the assholes walk out of their 
little room without our passports, but with a 
stack of papers. One by one they call our 
names and give us a paper which says that 
we've officially been denied entrance into 
England! We started to laugh, loud. They, 
however, didn't find it as amusing. 

Then they sent out the head Limey to 
inform us that we were to wait where we 
were until they could call the border guards 
to give us an armed escort to the bus and then 
back on to the ferry!! Armed escort?! We 
begged him to let us videotape that presti- 
gious moment. He declined. 

That guy wasn't so bad. I think we 
amused him and he, in turn, sort of gave us 
the run of the place. He let me into his office 
so I could wake my parents up with the news 
that their eldest was living up to the Zimmer- 
man tradition of being kicked off foreign soil. 
He also set us up with sandwiches and all the 
beverages we could drink. He even let us 
roam the halls unattended. 

But, then again, I'm not sure he had a 
choice seeing as now there was a bad storm 
which had stopped all ferries from running. 
We were stuck there until further notice, which 
ended up being from 9 am to 7/8 pm. 

Brian was using that time to hit the head 
guy up for info. We were going to lose a 
week's worth of shows if we didn't get in. 
Where would the 16 of us go for a week? 
Where would we get heat for the bus if we 
couldn't plug into a club's power? There were 
too many of us to stay at anyone's house, even 
if we had met someone who offered. (That's 
one reason we had a bus and not 2 or 3 vans.) 
I had already lost ten pounds and was posi- 
tive more would come off my already skeletal 
frame if we didn't make it to these shows. 

So, Brian was chumming up the guy. 
He told Brian that he believed our story (lie) 
that the shows were canceled and if we could 
get proof in the forms of faxes, then chances 
were good that we could be let in as tourists 
only. But, we had to leave and then come back 
and try it again. 

Finally, the ferry was moving and we 
were sent to get on it. They didn't give us the 
full criminal treatment with the armed escort 
(unfortunately). We were so excited to get 



some hot food and rest we kind of forgot 
about it. The first place we hit was the restau 
rants. 

After earing, I knew I had to get hori- 
zontal fast, or I'd be sick. I was so hungry that 
I hadn't realized how bad the ferry was rock- 
ing. I didn't expect it to be so bad because of 
it's huge size. Ken and I laid the bags under us 
and attempted to dream of steadier ground 
while the rest of them took showers. 

I was successfully blocking out the nau- 
sea and chaos around me until in the distance 
1 heard someone say, "Issa, you don't look to 
good. Are you OK? '. Issa taunted me all cross 
Germany and Scandinavia with the 'fact' that 
he never gets sick while I had bronchitis- 
twice. Then I heard a sound resembling a 
bucket full of liquid hitting a wall. "Sarah, 
let's get outtahere...Issaiustsprayed the wall!" 
We grabbed the Dags and ran into the 
next room, where I had to lay on the floor to 
keep from following Issa's fine example. I 
squeezed my eyes shut, praying no one would 
puke over me. One by one, I'd hear one of the 
guys rush by me. In the distance I could hear 
plates and glasses sliding off tables, crashing 
and people screaming. Then I heard the sound 
of ice breaking as we lunged and wobbled to 
Calais. 'My God, we're on the Titanic!' was all 
I could think. 

We finally reached Calais. The boat 
stopped and everyone got off; everyone, that 
is except us. We still had to go back. I walked 
around the ferry and saw the destruction. It 
looked as if rival soccer hooligans had been 
there, settling a score. I talked with some of 
the disheveled workers and found out that 
the ferry usually takes only 45 minutes. Our 
lovely voyage lasted four and a half hours! 
And it wasn t over yet. 

But now we were a bit more prepared. 
We walked through the rooms to pick the 
choice resting location. And we found it in the 
kid's room: immense couches, a full screen 
TV playing Disney favorites, and, better still, 
a padded room to sleep in. None of us chose 
the room, maybe out of fear of not waking up 
in Dover and being stuck on that ferry any 
longer. Plus, we had to come up with the 
Master Plan! They caught us off guard last 
time; now we all knew what was up and we 
were going to get on that stinking island, no 
matter what. 

Same drill; we walked up and handed 
them our papers and told them the story up to 
then. Ken produced papers from people in 
Berlin and England apologizing for screwing 
the tour up, but emphasizing that We still 
needed to be in England to do interviews and 
meet distributors. They stared blankly at us 
before grabbing all our papers and passports 
, stopping to huddle again before disappear- 
ing. When they reappeared it was with big 
files with all of our names on them. There is 
now a file on me asbigasmy pinkie in the Port 
of Dover. That's when the real interrogations 
began. 

The last time we entered the border, 
every official thought I was the singer. When 
I told them I wasn t in the band, they didn't 
believe me. This time I was going to use their 
narrow-mindedness to my benefit. I pretend- 
ed to be Ken's girlfriend. And it worked!! 
While everyone else got interrogated and 
grilled, I said, "I don't know. It's my boy- 



friend's tour." Mike got hip to it and said, 'T 
don't know. It's my brother's tour." We def- 
initely got off easy. 

After we all had been questioned, they 
put us in a holding room. And we thought the 
previous officials had been jerks. We tried to 
do all the things we had done just 15 hours 
before, and they lost their minds. Finally they 
all came into our cramped and uncomfort- 
able little room and sat on the lame bucket 
chairs opposite us. They were everything 
you'd expect from smug, tight-assed English 
bureaucrats. They told us that they didn't 
believe us and we were denied entrance, again 

We had just spend 38 hours in purgato- 
ry, on the edge of hell. But it wasn't over yet 
We still had to get back on the fucking ferry!! 
I was dreading it. Honestly, I was so exhaust- 
ed and frustrated by this point, I almost cried 
Instead I had to laugh because it was so 
ridiculous. 

We finally got on the ferry and found 
the bus. That dirty, smelly, broken down 
hunk of cheap steel looked so good to me. I 
climbed into my freezing top bunk, while 
Ken left a huge note on the steering wheel 

Pleading with the Germans to "Take Us To 
aris"! I tried to sleep as the ferry rolled to and 
fro, despite being an inch away each time 
from falling out. It was so bad I thought the 
bus was going to roll over and crush us. My 
only consolation was that we were off that 
stinkin' island and on our way to Paris!. . .mi 
to come... 

Attention all sXe women! ! Daisy Rooks 
(HeartattaCk) and I are plotting a possible 
one-shot zine about sXe women. Here's the 
premise, being a sXe woman is unusual. We 
want to highlight that fact by having photos 
and text from sXe women throughout the 
world. Just send us a few photos of yourself 
plus a few words as to what brought you to be 
sXe, what keeps you sXe, but more impor- 
tantly tell us about the things that you do, care 
about, have that have nothing to do with sXe. 
You can send this to me here at MRR, or to 
Daisy c/o HeartattaCk. I'm looking forward 
to seeing your contributions... 




Well, here we are again, ready to begin 
a new column of demo reviews. My comput- 
er is messed up at the moment so I'm typing 
this up at my friendly neighborhood library 

We'll start off this month with the sec- 
ond demo from DIE CRUISIN', a very MIS- 
FITS inspired horror punk band, with per- 
haps a bit of THE DAMNED thrown in for 
good measure, If you like THE MISFITS, this 
is the tape for you. Good stuff. 11 songs, good 
production. 16739 Old Manchester/ Grover, 
MO 63040, THIRD GENERATION MAFIA 
play excellent catchy 3 chord poppy punk 
that's better than 90% of the generic pop punk 
bands out today. 7 songs, good production, 
6260 E. Riverside Blvd/ PO Box 315/ Rock- 



ford, IL 61111. THE FLY BITCHES have a 
tape full of trashy garage punk with maybe a 
bit of a surf punk feel to it at times- lots of 
leads and a galloping drumbeat stick it all 
together, 7 songs, OKay production, 2809 Hills- 
borough Rd, / Durtham, NC 27705, IMMOR- 
TAL SLAVE play extremely noisy brutal 
noizecore, a bit like ANAL CUNT, but with 
less rhythm. 15 songs, noisy production. 17 
Opfir Rd./ Plumstead 7800/ South Africa. 
THE NON STOP BOMBERS have another 
rap/hardcore hybrid demo out. The hard- 
core is good stuff, and, although I'm not 
much of an authority on rap, it sounds com- 
petent enough. 7 songs, good production. PO 
Box 541251 /Houston, TX 77254-1251 . GANG 
WAY play humorous, good natured punk 
that's fast and tuneful and pretty appealing, I 
like it. 6 songs, good production, PfSSPOOR 
play some tucking cool, extreme thrashcore 
with female vocals that really blazes! I love 
this stuff! Get it and be brutalized (you guys 
need to play in Houston some time), 7 songs, 
decentproduction,6501-B Chesterfield Ave,/ 
Austin, TX 78752, EVERYBODY'S PROBLEM- 
imagine New York moshcore with a regular 
hardcore vocalist, This is actually pretty good- 
they don't have the attitude, just hardcore 
with coot breakdowns. Check it out. 1 1 songs, 
good production. PO Box 1372/ Williamson, 
NJ 08094, THE HEROINES play straight out 
punk with female vocals. It was recorded live 
on the radio, so the sound is a bit raw, and 
they left in the dj commentary and call-ins 
and stuff, but some of that is pretty funny. 9 
songs. Benway Tapes/ 4800 S, Maryland 
Pkwy,/ Las Vegas, NV 89119. THE SPECTA- 
CLES play humorous Jr. high punk with a lot 
of goofy wanking and playing around mixed 
in. Sometimes funny, sometimes annoying 
(but I guess that's the point), 20 songs, decent 
production. 225 Hobbes Ave,/ Cheyenne, WY 
82009. THE DISASSOCIATED play solid 
hardcore with a pretty steady pace and not 
much variation between songs. 7 songs, good 
production. PO Box 4316/ Tulsa, OK 74159- 
0316. THE MUTLEYS are named (I assume) 
after one of my favorite cartoon characters, 
and sound a bit like THE RAMONES on 
helium. If you're into old school punk-n-roll, 
you'll probably like these guys pretty well. 21 
songs, good production, 2216 Elmhurst Ave. / 
Royal Oak, MI 48073, CATFISH play decent 
chunky punk with short, to the point songs 
that are done well. This ispunk, Hike it, 3305 
Kipling/ Berkley, MI 48072. 

And that's it for this month, Tune in 
next month for more demo reviews, same bat 
time, same bat channel, Write me at: P.O. Box 
2584/ Conroe, TX 77305. 




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STATE OF NEW YORK 

UNIFIED COURT 
SYSTEM 



NAME 

BRENDAN WHITE 



Welcome back to "Free Speech 101." As 
1 said last month, this has always been a 



favorite subject for me, and, at least in theory, 
it is a hot topic for many readers of this 
magazine. However, if you're anything like 
me, you probably don't have much of an idea 
of how the grand concept of freedom of ex- 
pression is played out in the context of the 
First Amendment. As I pointed out last month, 
there a numerous rationales that have been 
advanced for the role of free speech in society. 
We've already covered "political speech," an 
area that seems almost meaningless these 
days, since we are bombarded with so much 
propaganda, all of which leads to the conclu- 
sion that the competing candidates are exactly 
dike. The band of political speech is remark- 
ably narrow in the United States in compari- 
son to many other nations. There are, of course, 
exceptions, but most alternative views are 
kept far away from the mainstream media. I 
guess that's why forums like MRR exist. 

I also discussed the importance of un- 
popular and controversial opinions. Like po- 
litical speech, this hardly seems like a right 
worth fighting for these days. Political cor- 
rectness and the resulting backlash have been 
discussed ad nauseum inborn the mainstream 
and "alternative" media. However, unlike 
political speech, this debate is largely domi- 
nated by the opposing extremes, with the 
result being cheap outrageousness for its own 
sake on one side and inane orthodoxy on the 
other. Clearly, each side has a valid point, but 
it is lost among the shock jocks and book 
banners. 

What about the idea that freedorn of 
expression is just that: the right of each indi- 
vidual to express herself however she pleas- 
es. While this may be the "purest" interpreta- 
tion of the first amendment, and the one 
which resonates most strongly with the Amer- 
ican people, in fact there are numerous con- 
stitutional scholars who deny the very exist- 
ence of such a broad right. This makes sense 
if you take into account that, almost by defi- 
nition, the "individual expression" rationale 
clashes with the idea of a civic-minded and 
well-informed citizenry. Pure self expression 
is an extension of self-interest, rather than an 
interest in the greater good. Also, we have to 
look at the time when the Constitution was 
drafted, and the concerns of the men who 
drafted it. It seems reasonable to say that they 
were more interested in an efficient political 
process than in self-fulfillment. Luckily, how- 
ever, as our society has evolved, so has the 
understanding of the First Amendment, so 
we now enjoy the freedom to say (or write) 
almost anything on our minds. 

Of course, the operative word is "al- 
most." Perhaps the greatest misunderstand- 
ing about freedom of speech is the idea that it 
is absolute, and that if somebody doesn't like 
it, well that's too bad. The reality is that there 
are quite a few legal restrictions on speech. 
We have all heard that there is no right to yell 
"Fire!" in a crowded theater. That is because 
the government's interest in protecting the 
safety of its citizens has been deemed to be 
more important than the right of some jackass 
to entertain himself. While I'm generally an 
opponent of government control, it seems 
that if a government has any purpose, it is to 
protect people from danger, even if that means 
some restriction on individual rights. There is 
also no right to make patently false state- 



merits about someone else that will have an 
adverse effect on that person's reputation. 
Such statements are called "defamation" and 
the injured party has a right to sue. Of course, 
if the person has a bad reputation to begin 
with, he's out of luck. The government may 
also place reasonable time, place, and man- 
ner restrictions on speech. In other words, 
there is no right to have a loud conversation 
in the street in the middle of the night. Finally, 
there is no right to use "fighting words." 
Although this seems like a potentially broad 
limitation on free speech, courts have recog- 
nized that this type of language must be 
extremely provocative in order to be punish- 
able. In general, people are expected to have 
something of a tnick skin. 

The most important limitation on free 
speech is that the First Amendment only pro- 
tects people from the government. As we've 
all seen from the pages of this magazine, as 
well as as plenty of other examples, if some- 
one doesn t want to print an ad in her zine, or 
if a privately owned radio station wants to 
fire a commentator for his racist views, that is 
perfectly OK. However, the government may 
not punish someone for voicing an opinion 
that it does not approve of. At first blush, the 
fact that a private person can freely engage in 
"censorship" seems to fly in the face of the 
spirit of the First Amendment. Perhaps it 
does to an extertt. To a staunch free speech 
advocate, all objectionable speech should be 
met by more speech. While this may be the 
ideal, it would be impossible in practice, since 
the government would be forced to come in 
and stop any instance of individual censor- 
ship. This government intrusion would de- 
feat the whole point of free speech. The neces- 
sary downside of free speech is that it gives 
some private individuals the power to censor 
others. The only response is for the the cen- 
sored person to establish his own forum. 

Although this is played out every day 
in the punk world of zines and bands, it is not 
always so easy in mainstream life. One of the 
most glaring examples concerns the right to 
free speech in quasi-public areas such as shop- 
ping malls. When communities were cen- 
tered around a town square or main street, no 
one could (legitimately) stop people from 
getting up and making their opinions known 
on any issue from the most serious to the most 
mundane. On the other hand, as privatiza- 
tion becomes more rampant, more and more 
individual rights could be jeopardized. A 
mall developer or any other private entity is 
not obligated to recognize the free speech 
rights of the individuals who work, live, or 
merely visit there. In fact, many modern day 
"town squares" are located on private prop- 
erty. There have been cases where mall own- 
ers have restricted people from activities such 
as posting fliers on their premises. Some at- 
torneys have attempted to use the idea of a 
modern day town square in an attempt to 
expand the free speech rights of citizens into 
privately owned areas. Generally speaking, 
however, the courts have rejected these at- 
tempts, holding that private entities have the 
right to control the content of speech. While 
this is consistent with the idea that private 
individuals can control what they say or refuse 
to say, on a corporate scale it can become 
downright frightening. 



The same phenomenon is present in the 
media. For example, although courts have 
recently declared that the federal govern- 
ment can not place content restrictions on 
users of on-line networks, it may turn out that 
the on-line providers themselves determine 
that unlimited free speech is bad for business. 
Obviously, we have seen that they can place 
restrictions on the content of communica- 
tions already. In fact, although I'm the far- 
thest thing from an expert on cyberspace, it 
seems that once the corporate powers that be 
really figure out how to capitalize on the 
internet, its value as a loose-knit, democratic 
forum for communication will be greatly di- 
minished. The profit margin rarely leaves 
room for this type of "disorder." 

We see this all the time in traditional 
media as well. Few mainstream news provid- 
ers are often slaves to advertising dollars, 
often making objective reporting on impor- 
tant issues impossible. This has reached al- 
most the point of absurdity with the number 
of huge corporate mergers that have swept 
the world in recent years. In the global econ- 
omy, conflicts of interest are inevitable. In 
addition, news programmers havef become 
so obsessed with getting every story first, that 
they are more than willing to ask "how high?" 
when the government tells them to jump. 
This was well illustrated during the Gulf 
War, where the networks acted as virtual 
propaganda machines for the government, 
since any serious attempt at journalism would 
have resulted in ejection from the official 
press pool and the loss of easy access to 
important "scoops." 

I guess this has been a pretty depressing 
analysis of free speech, which means that it's 
time to return to my "Jeopardy" discussion 
from last month. Even assuming that we have 
access to an unprecedented volume of infor- 
mation, what good does it do us? i grew up 
learning a great deal about the Nazis and the 
Holocaust, having read many first person 
accounts, saw hours of documentary footage, 
and even visited Auschwitz, among other 
concentration camps. Much has been made of 
the proposition that by ed ucating people and 
making information as accessible as possible, 
they would be able to avoid such tragedies. 
Yet, while my band was touring Europe in 
1992, Nazis burned down a home only a mile 
from the club we were playing at. This is to 
say nothing of the genocide that is still taking 
place throughout the world. Our own gov- 
ernment has directly or indirectly slaugh- 
tered hundreds of thousands. Some of these 
tragedies are kept from us by the media, but 
others are shipped directly to us in living 
color. Nevertheless, it seems that despite all 
the information we have at our disposal, we 
are unable to do anything with it. 

It is interesting that there really isn't a 
strong nazi or fascist movement within the 
United States. Skinheads are looked at by 
most people as crazed extremists. I've gotten 
into plenty of debates with people from other 
countries where I smugly asserted that the 
First Amendment, which gives Nazis the right 
to march in the streets, prevents them from 
attaining any real power, since it reveals them 
to the public, rather than allowing them to 
hide in the shadows. However, the same First 
Amendment conceals a much more subtle 



and effective variety of Fascism. We have 
become so overwhelmed by information, that 
we can no longer react to it any more. 



Brian Zero 




IMAGI 



In the late 1 980's, when I lived by Sacra- 
mento, I can remember watching a news pro- 
gram from the local NBC affiliate, channel 3. 
On the program, newscaster Stan Atkinson, 
took the viewers on a tour with Afghans 
fighting the Soviet occupation of their coun- 
try. Stan, his face etched with concern for the 
fate of these Mujahadeen, went over step by 
step the evils that Soviet troops were commit- 
ting in the war, painting the rebels he traveled 
with as the "good guys." In retrospect, one 
wonders if Stan was aware of just how inter- 
connected with the heroin trade many of the 
Mujahadeen were; and if so, why didn't he 
report this to a public which had become 
mesmerized by a crusader president who 
supposedly was tough on the narcotics trade? 

Perhaps Stan, and the multitudes of 
other journalists who failed to give consum- 
ers of western media the full story, did just 
what US intelligence had been doing for years 
in regards to heroin: accepting and encourag- 
ing it as a tool to fight communism. Unlike the 
Golden Triangle (which I talked about in my 
last column), with a connection to heroin 
stemming back to the age of imperialism and 
the promotion of opium addiction by foreign 
powers, Afghanistan's connection to the her- 
oin trade came into being more recently, in 
this modern age, with the help of a foreign 
power acting as the defender of the faith for 
corporate feudalism, the USA. 

During the 1800's, Britain, out of fear 
that imperial Russia would threaten its colo- 
nies in India, invaded Afghanistan on two 
separate occasions, in 1838 and in 1878. On 
both occasions British forces suffered might- 
ily at the hands of well armed Afghan war- 
riors more familiar with the mountainous 
terrain. Losing on the battlefield, Britain 
switched to the more subtle approach of di- 
plomacy, and in 1893 reached an agreement 
with the leading amir of Afghanistan to draw 
up boundaries as to what defined the coun- 
try. Unfortunately for the British, they quick- 
ly discovered that Afghanistan was composed 
of a multitude of various tribal groups, some 
of whom did not recognize the new borders. 
Soon enough quarrels erupted once more. In 
response, Britain sent in military expeditions 
to enforce the new boundaries, these expedi- 
tions meeting with little success. Fighting 
repeatedly with an opponent that seemed to 
always get the upper hand, the English troops 
resorted to a policy of "butcher and bolt," 
where they would rush into an opposing 
village and murder the inhabitants, fleeing 
before the village's warriors could respond. 

One would think that judging from the 



experiences of the British in Afghanistan, a 
foreign power would be reluctant to put any 
of its forces into the country. Nevertheless, 
the Soviet Union did just that in 1979. For a 
year up until that point, various Afghanistani 
communists had been trying to control the 
country's government after Mohammed 
Daud, a dictator, had been ousted. Seeing 
little cohesion between these groups, the So- 
viets sent in their military to establish order 
and create a government friendly to their 
interests. 

The response from the US was immedi 
ate condemnation, expressed on the surface 
with such actions as the boycott of the 1980 
Olympics, held on Soviet territory. Beneath 
such obvious political maneuvering, howev- 
er, secret game plans were made to actually 
fight the Soviets by supplying resistance 
groups in Afghanistan. For assistance in this 
endeavor, the Carter administration turned 
to the government of Pakistan, ruled by Mo- 
hammed Zia Ul-Haq, who had seized power 
after a 1977 coup. Unfortunately for US inter- 
ests, relations with Pakistan had become some- 
what icy after Carter cut military aid to Zia's 
government in response to their human rights 
violations, including the execution in 1979 of 
Zia's political predecessor, former Prime Min 
ister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. To try to make 
amends, Carter offered Zia $400 million in 
military aid if Pakistan would help aid Af- 
ghan resistance forces. Zia called the offer 
'peanuts" and refused. After Carter lost the 
election of 1980, president Ronald Reagan 
upped the offer to Zia to $3 billion in military 
aid, including state of the art F-16 fighters. To 
this, Zia accepted, opening the door for the 
CIA to fund and arm the Afghan resistance 
mainly through Pakistan's intelligence agen- 
cy, the ISI, who decided which Afghan resis- 
tance fighters would receive the most aid. 
Perhaps its not too surprising then that over 
half of the $2 billion in US aid during the 
1980's ended up in the hands of a single 
Afghan client favored by the ISI, a client 
named Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. 

In the 1960's Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, 
founded the "Muslim Brotherhood," a group 
committed against secular reform of Afghan 
istan. In the early 1970's Hekmatyar dis 
patched his followers to throw acid into the 
faces of women students who refused to wear 
veils. In 1972, Hekmatyar fled Afghanistan, 
escaping charges that he had murdered a 
leftist student. Hiding out in Pakistan, near 
the border, he made alliances with funda 
mentalist Muslim groups inside that coun- 
try's armed forces. These connections gained 
Hekmatyar command of a Pakistani opera 
tion to destabilize the government of Afghan 
istan, an operation which failed. As relation- 
ships between Pakistan and Afghanistan start- 
ed warming, Hekmatyar and his guerrilla 
force of Hezbi-i Islami guerrillas found them- 
selves facing the end of their clandestine du- 
ties. Fortunately for them, Zia took power in 
Pakistan, and the government of Afghanistan 
fell to communists, paving the way for the 
Soviet invasion. 

Finding himself appointed by the ISI as 
their man in Afghanistan, Hekmatyar consol- 
idated his US supplied guerrillas into an Af- 
ghan region directly bordering Pakistan's 
North- West Frontier province. These guerril- 



las then pulled other regional Mujahadeen 
into their ranks, whether they wanted to be or 
not: other resistance groups charged that Hek- 
matyar's troops used violence to take control 
of them, such as the case where one of Hek- 
matayar's commanders slaughtered 30 mem- 
bers of a rival Mujahadeen group. Once in 
control of the region, Hekmatayar's forces 
not only fought the Soviet's but they con- 
vinced the local peasant populations to grow 
opium poppies in the area's prime agricultur- 
al landscape. This Opium was then smuggled 
back across the border and to heroin refiner- 
ies in Pakistan's North- West Frontier Prov- 

refineries under the protection of the 
region's governor, General Fazie Huq. Soon 
there were hundreds of such refineries in 
operation, using Pakistani army trucks to 
transport their heroin products to other con- 
nection points, the same trucks which were 
bringing CIA armaments to Hetmakyar's Mu- 
jahadeen. As a result, heroin became a very 
profitable trade for Pakistan, earning the coun- 
try $8-10 billion a year annually, 25 percent of 
its GDP. As for Hekmatyar, he too profited, 
not only controlling the opium fields, but 
himself controlling six refineries. 

While Pakistan became the leading sup- 
plier of heroin in the world during the 1980 s, 
filling in for countries that had lost their posi- 
tion as such, US addicts to the product again 
started to rise, approaching the half million 
mark, levels not seen since the early 1970's. 
As far as I know, Pakistan is still a leader in 
heroin manufacturing, despite a government 
crackdown. 

Currently such mainstream sources of 
press as the Rolling Stone have produced 
articles about the recent rise in heroin addic- 
tion. But none of these reports seem to focus 
on why and how its getting into the country, 
or on our government's complicity in the 
trade. Like any product that is being market- 
ed on a world-wide scale, heroin needs large 
scale trade routes to exist. It seems inane to 
think that a country with the surveillance and 
intelligence capacities such of our own 
wouldn't know exactly from where heroin is 
coming and from whom, and wouldn't be 
able to stop the narcotic from reaching Amer- 
ica by simply disrupting its trade routes. Af- 
terall, if the US government can stop Fiats 
from being sold in this country, due to the fact 
that a large percentage of the car maker's 
stock is held by the Libyan government, then 
why can't they do the same for heroin? 

To me it seems that the answer is that 
they simply don't want to. First, there are too 
many important allies involved in the trade 
for us to risk losing, too many corrupt politi 
cians protecting US interests in various pup- 
pet regimes around the world, too many syn- 
dicate bosses providing valuable informa- 
tion and other services for US intelligence ; 
secondly, junkies are good because at least 
they're politically ineffective individuals, too 
busy living for their habit to try to change the 
system. Of course the government has to act 
like it cares so that the media can then portray 
a positive image of action to the Archie Bun 
ker types glued to their TV's. This is yet 
another reason why junkies are good: they 
can be portrayed as violent and then arrested 
in mass as part of a "war on drugs." Sweeping 
the streets thus, the government's various 



toadies can continue masquerading as anti- 
drug crusaders to gullible voters who keep 
voting for them. 

Of course this might seem to you to be 
quite a bit of conjecture on my part, which is 
why I invite you to take a closer look at just 
who has benefited from the flow of heroin 
and other narcotics. There are plenty of de- 
cent books and other media on the subject, 
some of them even found at your local li- 
brary. As for myself, this column is my last to 
deal with this topic. For the facts this time 
around I used only one text: McCoy, Alfred 
W., The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in 
the Global Drug Trade, Lawrence Hill Books, 
New York, 1991. I would recommend any- 
body who's interested further in the subject 
to take a look at this book. The CIA put a great 
deal of effort into trying to suppress the first 
edition of this book in 1972, perhaps this 
might tell you something. At any rate, the 
book contains much more information on the 
subject of US complicity than I've even hinted 
at. 



TO THE WlUENtfWW 



After a 13-year-old boy was found dead in 
Wisconsin, his head completely wrapped in 
duct tape, his family disclosed to police that 
the boy was "obsessed" with the tape and 
frequently wrapped G.I. Joe and Barbie dolls 
in duct tape. A roll of duct tape was found 
next to the body. His sister told police that he 
was "simply obsessed with any kind of tape" 
and his mother told of taking rolls of tape 
away from him several times. 
People Who Don't Get Cable 
A man in Belton, Missouri, woke his 17-year- 
old son up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday in July and 
told him to mow the lawn. The boy said that 
it was too early and told his father to go away. 
The man returned with the mower, pushing it 
through the bedroom door and starting it up 
in the room, its blades cutting clumps from 
the carpeting. The boy threw a fan at the 
mower and called police who arrested the 
father for assault. 

Police in Greenland, New Hampshire, arrest- 
ed a 42-year-old pro-life activist, charging 
that the man repeatedly entered the police 
station and reported that "murders have been 
going on next door at the abortion clinic," 
authorities said. 

In July 38-year-old Gabel Taylor and another 
man stood outside a Dadeville, Alabama, 
apartment complex comparing their knowl- 
edge of the Bible. When each quoted different 
versions of the same Bible passage the other 
man looked it up in his Bible, admitted that 
Taylor was more knowledgeable about the 
Bible and said that this made him mad. Ac- 
cording to witnesses he told Taylor, "I'll kill 
you before the night is out," before he left the 




scene. Hours later Taylor died from a gunshot 
wound to the face and authorities were in 
search of the contest loser. 
That Did It 

In August Palestinian Saado Mohammed Ibra- 
him, 27, was indicted by a Florida grand jury 
for hijacking a Cuba-boundjet to Miami. Said 
his mother from Lebanon, "He used to stay up 
late at night, watching Western movies and 
the ones about war, violence and scary talk." 
Douglas County, Omaha, has decided to spend 
$75,000 to build a net at its county courthouse 
to prevent starling droppings from continuing 
to land on people's heads. 
In Owensboro, Kentucky, a Davies County 
Road Dept. driver attempted to drive a 20-ton 
dump truck across a bridge with a posted 
weight limit sign of three tons. He made it half 
way across when the bridge collapsed. 
Police in Tampa charged Robert Meier, 55, 
with forging a marriage license to marry Con- 
stance Sewell while she was comatose and just 
hours away from her death. Police say that he 
then proceeded to run up $20,000 on her credit 
cards. A detective divulged that Meier claimed 
that the woman's dog told him "she would 
want him to go on living, have a better life and 
it would be OK to use her credit cards." 
The Justice Department has acknowledged 
that the government is now testing a device 
that will enable police in a high speed chase to 
bring a fleeing car to a stop by directing an 
electrical charge at the car's engine, disabling 
it and forcing the vehicle to coast to a stop. 
For the past two years villagers around Han- 
dapanagala, Sri Lanka, have not left their homes 
at night out of fear of elephant attacks. Ten 
years ago the government cleared a jungle 
area to plant 6,500 acres of sugarcane, displac- 
ing elephant herds. In addition, a sugar com- 
pany erected an electrical fence that blocked 
their traditional migration route. Now about 
130 elephants spend their days in a nearby 
lake and raid villages at night in search of 
sugarcane and other crops. About 70 people 
have been killed in the last two years. 
In Valdosta, Georgia, in July, Leonardo Bailey 
explained to police that he crashed his car into 
the gates of the Lowndes County Jail because 
Godtold him to get inside and save the souls 
of the inmates. 

On Saturday, July 20, more than 6,000 people 
won a total of $678,170 in the Connecticut state 
lottery when their daily number pick, "800," 
came in. The number was very popular in light 
of the crash of TWA Flight 800 just days earlier. 
"Every time there's a crash, peopleplay [crash- 
related numbers] for about a week," said one 
lottery ticket salesman. 
Two pilots of an Italian fire-fighting plane 
were under investigation after an incident in 
July in which they twice "dive-bombed" bath- 
ers near the popular tourist resort of Villasi- 
mius, off Sardinia. The crew had been asked to 
put on a display during a pageant for the feast 
of Our Lady of the Shipwrecked. Police said 
that they got their coordinates wrong and 
twice dropped thousands of gallons of water 
on the assembled spectators, capsizing boats 
and injuring ten people. 
In Bonn, Martin Juergens, 49, has asked the 
government to uphold his ownership of the 
moon. "The moon has belonged to my family 
since 15 July, 1756," Juergens said. That is 
when he claims Frederick the Great awarded 



the moon to his ancestor, Aul Juergens, as a 
sign of thanks for a blessing that Frederick 
believed had brought him success in foreign 
policy. "Frederick decreed that the moon 
would remain in my family's possession for- 
ever and should be passed on to the youngest 
born son," Juergens said. He has challenged 
California businessman Dennis Hope, who in 
1980 began selling 1,700 lunar plots for $16 
each. 

A Littleton, Colorado, man has sued Starbucks 
Corp. claiming that he was disabled for seven 
months after getting a high-five greeting from 
an ex-employee of one of their coffee shops. 
Sounds Great! 

Former Biosphere 2 inhabitant Linda Leigh, a 
botanist, said that life inside the 3-acre en- 
closed environment was filled with fights, 
swarming insects and bad dreams. At dinner- 
time "some of us would sometimes hand out 
portions that were purposely uneven to see if 
the first people served would take the biggest 
ones or would try to even it out among the 
others," she said. Crop failures led to food 
shortages. The eight people had to deal with 
roaches and ants occasionally swarming over 
them. Leigh said that her dreams inside Bio- 
sphere were filled with sorcerers and volca- 
noes.. During her two years inside, 1991-93, 
she "spent a lot of time just staring outside." 
Among other annoyances was that visitors 
would pound on the dome's glass panels while 
visiting the site. 

A 25-year-old Maryland man was convicted of 
animal cruelty after he "car-walked" his 100- 
pound Chesapeake Bay retriever by driving at 
30 mph while the dog ran to keep up as nis 
leash was dangling out the car window. The 
man told the court, "At the time I did it, I 
thought it was good ...I thought it was healthy, 
good for him." Neighbors turned him in as this 
was not the first time he had tried "car-walk- 
ing" the dog. 
Bad Seeds 

In Orlando, a 9-year-old boy threatened to kill 
his mother and several other children if he did 
not receive the correct "Hunchback of Notre 
Dame" toy with his meal at a local Burger King 
restaurant. Upset that he might not get the 
right toy, he pulled his mother's head by the 
hair and dragged her to the floor of her van. 
When she persuaded -him to let her go she 
started the van toward home. At that point he 
pulled a pocket knife and threatened to kill her 
and three other children in the van unless she 
returned to Burger King. Once at the restau- 
rant the boy jumped out of the van. His mother 
locked the doors behind him and called police. 
He was charged with aggravated battery and 
domestic violence. 

One week later in the same city a 10-year-old 
boy with a history of violent behavior threat- 
ened his mother with a kitchen knife when she 
took away his teddy bear after he failed to 
obey her. Police were called and the boy was 
charged with aggravated assault. His parents 
admitted to sleeping with their bedroom door 
locked out of fear. 

A Wells Fargo armored van driver in Dayton, 
Ohio, was on duty when he decided to pick up 
a prostitute for sex. After she had left the 
vehicle the driver noticed that the bag he had 
recently picked up from a bank branch was 
missing. It contained $80,000. The FBI is look- 
ing for the prostitute. 



Kohut's latest book, written with Roland 
Sweet, is Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest, published by 
Penguin USA and available in bookstores 
every where. Please send all corroborating evidence 
from your town's newspaper (with the paper's 
name and the date the article appeared please) to me 
at: Strange Daze, PO Box 25682, Washington, DC 
20007. 




I have a confession to make - despite all 
Ive said previously (and against all odds!) I got 
"wanderlust" and have been on my travels 
again.. .!This time around I got an offer for a 
virtual freebie trip to Firenze (Florence) in 
Italy and although deep in the dark corridors 
of my mind I knew I'd encounter a personal 
disaster or two at some point (always ineviat- 
able where me and travelling are concerned!) 
it was an offer I just couldnt refuse! Id never 
been to Italy at all previously (luckily for Ita- 
ly!) but I'd got the impression that Firenze was 
hardly going to be the "happening punk cap- 
ital"! However, I'm always up for an adven- 
ture - and as it happened, I was pleasantly 
surprised! 

To say that for the most part of my stay, 
I stuck out like a sore thumb against the beauty 
and relative conservatism of Firenze is the 
total understatement of the century - by the 
end of my first day alone I was being treated by 
half of the population like a marauding alien 
from outta space and by the rest of the Firen- 
zians like a visiting celebrity - most strange!! 
But just in case any of you out there do get the 
chance to go visit Florence, here's a (very!) 
rough guide for decent "hanging-out" places 
NOT listed on any tourist itineries, as duly 
sampled and enjoyed by yours truly on a daily 
basis during 10 days of sheer bliss! 

For mid-afternoon general exchange of 
ideas, conversation and meeting up of like- 
minded punksters - go sit in the grassy centre 
of the Piazza Santa Maria Novella with a bottle 
or two of cheap vino and a takeaway pizza - 
you'll make friends for life! For a totally WILD 
night of the cities best beer and friendliest 
atmosphere - stagger into THE FIDDLERS 
ELBOW IRISH PUB, also at Piazza Santa Mar- 
ia Novella, number 7r. It's staffed by an ever 
changing friendly mixed bunch of Americans, 
Irish and English alike (usually travellers who 
can't bear to move on or students working 
through summer!) - open from 3pm in the 
afternoon to roundabout 1 .30am the next morn- 
ing! (if you're still "up for it" — the locals tend 
to find their way on automatic pilot to PAPIL- 
LON PIANO BAR til about 5am — it's some- 
where around the Dome (main cathedral) al- 
though I'm fucked if I can recall the street! Just 
go with the flow...!) For the best record shop in 
town — go see the guys in DATA RECORDS 
93, at via Dei Neri, 15r (tel; 055-287592) who 



stock new and secondhand punk, hardcore, 
oi, etc. from all round the world, (let's face it - 
any shop whos window display includes THE 
HUMPERS {USA| THE BUSINESS (UK) and 
NABAT (Italy} can't be bad huh?!) in town 
(and probably Italy!) - go see "GUS" whose 
studio is at via Santa Reparta 48r (tele; 055- 
485752, open Mon-Sat 13.00 to 20.00) GUS has 
given me lifelong memories of Firenze - my 
two favorite tatts in my whole "collection"! 
(the symbol of Firenze - the "florentina" on my 
left ankle, and an original design of a "cat" 
leaping up on my right one!) GUS is a classic 
example of the 'scene". He's actually from 
Toronto originally (although there's Italian 
blood in his parentage) but he moved to Firen- 
ze after a brief visit 3 years ago turned into love 
for the city and hes stayed there My stay really 
consisted of a constant circulation between the 
aforementioned places - and although my bod- 
ys (temporarily?) back home in London - my 
heart and mind have been left behind in Firen- 
ze! Not since my Dusseldorf days have I felt 
the "pang" to up my roots - and whilst the 
"scene" may notbe as hectic, at least the weath- 
er is more on a par to California than the 
fucking Artie!! I was actually due to attend a 

fig by visiting Jamaican band THE 
KATALITES (the original ska band from the 
1960s, now based in England, who have a 
brilliant new release called "SKAMANIA" on 
the DOJO label, i.e. from DOJO LTD, Box 281, 
Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BB England) but sad- 
ly I couldn't get to th*e outskirts of town for the 
gigs location in time as I had no transport. I 
also discovered that I'd missed an apparently 
classic Punk Festival of local bands by about a 
week - (TYPICAL!) - so I never actually got to 
see any live gigs at all! But what the heck - "I'll 
bebaclc"!!! Of all the local "characters" I made 
friends for life with, I guess the one I have to 
thank the most for being the "leader of the 
pack" and showing me the REAL Firenze, is 
EMILIANO GUERRINI - so "mille grazie 
Emiliano, e stato divertente, no?! (dentro!) 
Ragazza per sempre - promessa! Ciao a pres- 
to! '. I have to confess that I nearly didn't leave 
Firenze at all - you could've been stuck with 
"CRETINS FROM FLORENCE" ad infinitim - 
but how could I miss the "HOLIDAYS IN THE 
SUN" 3-dayer Punk Festival at Blackpool? So 
I duly returned specifically for this event alone 
which at the time of writing has yet to take 
place. (And yes, I'm sure it WILL be full of old 
and ugly punks - so fucking what?!) Anyhow, 
next column around will tell if I actually made 
it to Blackpool or not- the best laid plans of 

mice and men, as "they" say Ciao - a 

presto, figas!!!! 




with 

Anne 



Hey, Eugene Oregon. A happening 
place to be if you smell this summer. Seems 



that the Resist and Popzits thing was some 
crazy party. Gang rapes, murders, human 
speed bumps, guns going of f and some wom- 
an giving birth. Man, you gotta be tough 
these days to be a peace-punk. Let's see, 
Oakland crusty punks Hatred, Bile and 
Booger, show up, gang rape some punk girl, 
beat up a skinhead. Booger gets picked off 
by automatic weapon fire. Some punk guy 
decides to drive through the woods to emp- 
ty his oil pan into a small stream and runs 
over some other PCPeeing punk girl. Then it 
was time for the annual opening ceremonies 
of the fest which include macheteing a small 
cocker spaniel. The small pup is then con- 
sumed by the fattest punker who then pukes 
it all over everyone in a kind of crusty bap- 
tism ritual. Then the STENCH OYLYMPICS 
begin. First is the 15 yard sprint to the liquor 
store, the trick is that only the guys hobbling 
around with canes are allowed to qualify. 
There's a the' bum fer change' marathon and 
the 'tattoo a defiled face of Christ on your 
own limb' event. Other awards include, most 
unoriginal patch design, worst yeast infec- 
tion, most and strangest colored excrement. 
Well, it sounds like fun, maybe I can show 
up next year. The strangest place to get 
pierced was won buy one Spatula-head. He 
had managed to get a piece of chain-link- 
fence attached to his lower brain stem. It 
initially caused him to stutter and urinate 
uncontrollably but now he's fine and very 
happy with his award. 

Hmm, a lot of people were sad to hear of 
the passing of Donny the Punk. Except Larry 
Livermore who was willed Donny's little black 
book. Megan's Law schmegans law! Oooga. 

TEENGENERATE ARE doing another 
US tour. Whoopee! 

I know I reported that Earth Crisis were 
to get beat up on August 3rd. It seems that 
they somehow knew this in advance and 
when they got to the show promptly called 
911 and the cops showed up. The cops then 
halted the show and everyone went home. 
Earth Crisis still demanded their full guaran- 
tee and it'll probably be months before anoth- 
er place is found to have shows in northern 
New Jersey. Very nice, guys. Well, I can't wait 
til they come play my town and ruin shows 
here. Maybe they could get threatened with 
violence a little more often and lea ve room for 
actual bands with BALLS to play. 

I got a note in the mail saying that 
George from THE CASUALTIES was shown 
in an article in Spin magazine. The article was 
about Punk Planet zine no less. I don't think 
George should be ashamed for being in Spin, 
but Punk Planet c'mon what a lame nerd 
rag... George is also featured in a film pro- 
duced by the Zoological Society about color- 
ful parrots. Don't ask me , this info just floods 
in here. 

Does anyone really care all that much if 
the RED AUNTS really did break up? 

Oh, I almost forgot! Supposedly if ya 
didn't know already Boyd Rice and Lisa 
Suckdog got married last year. This ain't no 
biggie in my book but Lisa got knocked up 
andsomething went wrong. I don't know if 
the kid's retarded or was born without a 
brain or just like really, really fat what but if 
its Boya's all that he's cracked up to be 
extermination should be at hand. Now come 



on Boyd are ya gonna do it? Gonna make an 
effort for the betterment of the race. Hmm, 
either that or you can do some more TARDS 
records. Actually on the back of the TARDS 
record there's a little baby doll right next to 
Boyd's photo of him wearing the bike hel- 
met with the chin strap. An omen. • 

Hey, keep this stuff coming in to me 
and I'll send you gifts n stuff. 
Annerkey@msn.com 




So it's like the last day for recording and 
mixing and all that stuff, and HE still hadn't 
shown up yet. I mean, geez, the guy was now 
five minutes late, and I was beginning to 
panic. I looked for sympathy from my bass 
player, Evan, as he stood there drinking a 
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cola Arizona Ice 
Tea. I wanted him to say that everything 
would be okay, and that HE would show up. 
Evanjust looked at me looking at his Choco- 
late Covered Cherry Cola Arizona Ice Tea, 
and said, "what, you think I'm gonna give 
you a sip?" 

So I walked over to my drummer, the 
newest member of Furious George, Michael 
Harper, and tried to see if he felt the same 
vibes I felt about HIM not showing up yet. It 
was now at least six minutes. I looked at him, 
and he looked at, well, his drum sticks. He 
was kinda playing with them, feeling them 
twirl around in his hands, feeling them as he 
slid them against the inside of his palms. As 
I looked at him, I thought he looked just like 
that Kyle MacLachlan, you know, that movie 
actor guy. The guy who was in "Blue Velvet", 
Twin Peaks", and "Dune". That Dune was a 
cool flick. In it, Kyle MacLachlan rides these 
giant fucking worms around in the desert. 
They look like huge penises, and they go in 
and out of the sand. In the flick, Kyle Ma- 
cLachlan like spears one of the large penises, 
then climbs on it, and rides it. Kinda like 
some girls I have known. I mean, hell, I'm 
from New York. I got a leather jacket with 
U.S. pins on it, and big ol' sneakers. I'll kick 
the ass of anyone. Especially that Sting. He's 
in that movie. Dune. What a jerk that guy is. 
In the movie, he plays like this bad guy who 
like gives Kyle MacLachlan a hard time. It's 
like Kyle doesn't have enough problems with 
the large penis worms, now he has to worry 
about some guy who sings "Roxanne" and 
"Don't Stand So Close To Me". I heard there 
is actually a scene in the movie that they cut 
out. It has something to do with Sting telling 
Kyle MacLachlan to ride his "worm". And 
Kyle MacLachlan responds with something 
along the lines of "I don't like inch worms' . 
Punk Rock. 

So I say to Michael, our drummer, who 
ooks like Kyle MacLachlan, "you think HE is 



onna show up." Michael stops looking at 
is sticks, thinks for a few seconds, and then 
says, "Shut up, fuck you." Michael says that 
a lot. He picked it up from me insulting the 
audience at the Continental on a semi-regu- 
lar basis. People always yell stuff at us, and I 
guess I say, "Shut up, fuck you" a lot. So now 
Michael says it to me. I again ask Michael if he 
thinks HE will show up. Michael again an- 
swers "Shut up, fuck you". I tell him that that 
is not a real answer. That it has been seven 
minutes now, and that I am beginning to 
panic. Michael tells me to relax, go have some 
of Evan's Chocolate Covered Cherry Cola 
Arizona Ice Tea. I say okay. Then he says, 
"and George, Shut up, fuck you." 

I walked out onto tenth street, the street 
we were recording our E.P. on. We were 
recording at a place called Studio Twist, which 
used to be called Vital Music Studios, which 
was linked with Vital Music Mail-order via 
Vital Vans. But now that Vital Vans is no 
longer vital, and the heavier half of Vital 
Music went west, I guess Vital Music Studios 
had to change their name. So now it is Studio 
Twist. What ever. 

On the street I ran into the Jersey gani 
They all came in to sing on the song "Gilli- 
gan for the E .P . I was happy to see everyone, 
and they, I guess, were happy to see me. I 
think. But maybe they just wanted to see the 
studio we were recording at. I mean, theplace 
was totally underground, and looked like a 
fucking boat. I'm serious. 

Speaking of boats, we played on one 
last week. A real boat. That floats and every- 
thing. It is called the "Frying Pan", located on 
the Hudson River, and we played there with 
this band called "Bikini Contest". The name 
says it all. All the girls in the band wore little 
Bikinis, and they rocked. Well, actually, I 
don't know if they did . I wasn't really paying 
attention to the music. I was watching them 
from like a catwalk above the stage, trying to 
see down into their bathing suits. When it 
came our turn to play, some of the Jersey 
guys, especially Mike at 18, sprayed us with 
a hose. We got soaking wet, I think Evan got 
really pissed, cause he spit back at Mike at 18. 
Mike at 18 got his name from Mike Blank, 
from The Blanks 77. See, Mike at 18 looks like 
Mike Blank, when he was Eighteen. Hence, 
Mike at 18. And Mike at 18 likes to hang out 
with Sam, also known as George at 16, or 
George at 12. See, Sam looks like me when I 
was 16, or 12, I always looked young, and 
Sam looks young in the same sort of way 
About a week ago we were all at this cheap 
ass restaurant here in New York called Dojo, 
and we told the waitress that it was Sam's, or 
George at 16, or George at 12, depending on 
our moods, birthday. We told the waitress he 
was twelve. She believed it, and after dinner, 
brought out a cake and we all sang Happy 
Birthday to him. Then some girls from a table 
next to us gave us Sam change, and said it 
was for Sam's twelfth birthday. I think Sam 
was kinda pissed. But it was funny. Yester- 
day we played a show with Sam, and his 
band, The Hysterics, who rock, by the way, in 
the basement of some yuppie restaurant up- 
town. But that's another story. 

So, where was I, oh yeah, so, I see the 
whole gang on the street, and ask them if they 
knew all the words to Gilligan. I mean, they 



were gonna sing back-up on it, and it is a 
really complicated song, and I wanted to 
make sure they knew all the words, knew all 
the verses, choruses, bridges, breaks, and 
retorts. They said they did, and Mike At 18 
then sang the song for me, in it's entirety. "I 
wear a white hat, I wear a red shirt, They all 
think I'm stupid, One day I'll kill them, I am 
Gilligan". I told Mike At 18 that he was very 
smart, and that it must have taken him weeks 
to remember how that song went. He told me 
it only took him days. I looked at Sam, and 
Sam just shrugged his shoulders. He does 
that a lot around Mike at 18. Mike at 18 
sometimes says and does stuff that doesn't 
make sense. And Sam just shrugs. As does 
[esse, Sam and Mike at 18's friend, who was 
also there to sing back-up that day, and has 
his own band called "The Dyslexics". In fact, 
they both just shrugged the other night when 
Mike At 18 threw up on my sort of new black 
Nikes out in Buttfuck, Pennsylvania, which 
is a very nice place to visit, by the way. But 
don't eat the corn off the stalks, it is for the 
cows, and not for humans. 

Also present for back-ups on Gilligan 
was Tom and Jessica, good friends from here 
in the city. Jessica works on the set of "Law 
and Order", and sent me a picture of that 
chick lawyer, who has got the greatest legs on 
tv. Oh my god. And when she puts her hair 
behind her ear, geezus. Okay, and her boy- 
friend, Tom, is awesome. And Tom has a 
brother named Jerry. Oi vey. Also present 
was Glenn "Squiggy", who, just yesterday, 
gave me the Boris The Sprinkler version of 
^End Of The Century", the fifth Ramones 
cover album. And it rucking rocks. But I'm 
really worried, though. I really wanna do one 
of those things, but with my luck, I will get to, 
only it'll be like fucking "Brain Drain", or 
even worse, "Acid Eaters", that dreadful Ra 
mones cover album. Doh. 

Then there was "Dean, Dean, The Sex 
Machine", who was also there to sing. I once 
asked Dean how he got the name, "Dean, 
Dean, The Sex Machine", and he said, "I 
dunno, "cause it rhymes?" Uh-huh. Dean's 
really funny, and every time I see him his hair 
looks different. Also on Tenth street that day 
was Wendy, and my step-dad, Nick. They 
both told me to relax, and that HE would 
show up. I almost believed them. 

About twenty minutes after HE was 
supposed to show up, I went into a major 
panic attack and got a huge bottle of Zima, 
and chugged down the fucking thing. Matt 
from Dick Army, and Ryan, two more guest 
singers for Gilligan, laughed at me, and called 
me a "pussy" for drinking Zima. I told them 
to think of something new. They couldn't. 
Well, Matt could have, but he was kinda 
preoccupied, wondering if HE would show 
up. Ryan was just tired. He had just returned 
that day from a tour with Yum Yum Tree, my 
pal Adam's band, and was kinda burnt. We 
all asked Ryan why he returned home so 
early, and that he wasn't expected for like at 
least a couple of weeks. Ryan said he was 
kinda kicked off the tour after about a week. 
I was surprised he lasted one day. After all, he 
was, well Ryan. 

So a few minutes later, I am about to 
give up. We were paying like a zillion dollars 
an hour for the studio, which was worth it, by 



the way, but it looked as if he was gonna flake 
out. I mean, twenty something minutes had 
gone by, and he hadn't arrived. I figured it 
was all over, so 1 invited everyone down into 
the boat/studio to sing on Gilligan. 

As everyone sang along to the very 
complicated and confusing song, all doing a 
great job, by the way, I noticed a glint of 
Blonde hair from the corner of my eye. I. 
plucked the eyebrow off, and continued to 
watch everyone sing, as I conducted them 
from behind a music stand with a drum 
stick. 

Again I noticed a glint of blonde hair 
from the corner of my eye, and tried to pluck 
it off. But it wasn't eye brow hair, which, I 
really should cut more often. It was HIM. HE 
was in the studio. In the other room. Talking 
to Wendy and Nick, and Dan, our engineer. 
HE was with a girl who looked to be about, 
oh, 15, but was probably a hell of a lot older 
than that. At least 17. 

HE was Dee Dee Ramone. 

And HE was here to sing on our song, 
Betty Crocker, Punk Rocker", on the E.P. we 
were recording for Lookout!. 

We did several tracks of vocals for Gil- 
ligan, and everyone did a great fucking job. 
Jessica screamed a lot at the end of the song, 
and everyone chanted "Kill" wonderfully. 
Ya gotta hear it. Anyway, after we all got 
done, and were still in the recordingroom of 
the studio, I told everyone HE, Dee Dee 
Ramone, was here, and really not to make 
such a big fuss about him to him. I told them 
he was kinda shy, and would probably get 
nervous if everyone ran up to him. Everyone 
said okay, and then we opened the door to 
the room in which Dee Dee and Wendy and 
Nick and Dan were in. Everyone kinda 
walked by Dee Dee, just politely nodding at 
him, and kinda saying hello. No one made a 
big deal. At all. 

So everyone is gone from the studio 
except me and Wendy and Nick and Evan 
and Michael, who looks a hell of a lot like 
Kyle MacLachlan, Dan, Dee Dee and his 
fifteen year old. I tell Dee Dee that I am really 
happy that he could make it to the recording 
session, and he thanks me for inviting him. 
He also tells me that all the kids who were 
just here walked by and kinda ignored him, 
and that if it wasn't for him, they probably 
would have never heard the type of music 
they like now. Doh. I'm an idiot. But that's 
okay. It goes along with my leather jacket 
with the U.S. Pins, and my big sneakers 
which should fit firmly in my big fucking 
mouth. 

So, I ask Dee Dee if he wants to hear 
"Betty Crocker, Punk Rocker", before he sings 
on it. He tells me that he doesn't need too. I tell 
him that he does, and play him the song 
through the engineer's deck. Dee Dee listens 
intensely to the song, and after it is over, says 
this too me, "George," he says, "I know you 
are my friend and a writer, so you'll get this 
right. "Yes," I say to the best of all Ramones, 
the guy who wrote the best songs in the 
universe, who basically created the Ramones, 
and therefore created Punk Rock, the type of 
music I have based my very life and soul 
upon. "George," Dee Dee says to me, "I'm not 
impressed". Doh. 

So, with my heart in my feet, my chin in 



the subway, and soul in the Antarctic, 
Dee Dee into the studio where the micro- 
phone is, so he can sing. We play back the 
song through the headphones and Dee Dee 
sings along, perfectly. I am amazed. After he 
does one take, he asks if he can do more 
tracks, and play guitar on the thing. Then he 
asks what other songs we have, and says, "I 
really like Betty Crocker, Punk Rocker. It is a 
great song, George. It sounds sort of familiar, 
and I really like that 'Oh Yeah' part at the 
end.". I tell Dee Dee that the other songs are 
basically done, but we'd love to have him 
come in and do some stuff on our album, 
when we do one. He gets all excited and 
thanks everyone, and shakes everyones hand 
and I'm just about in tears. I mean, here he 
was, Dee Dee Ramone, Fuckin' Dee Dee Ra 
mone, in the studio with Furious George, and 
he sang on our record. My dream come true 
And he did it because he likes me, and my 
band. 

A few minutes after HE left with his 
girlfriend, we took a break from recording the 
rest of the E.P., and left the Love Boat for the 
street. When we got up there, we found all the 
Jersey guys, or most of them, still hangin 
out. I asked them if they saw HIM leave, am 
they said, "Yes". They said that he was really 
nice to them, and was in general, a very sweet 
guy. That's Dee Dee, I said. They said that 
when HE left, he said, "Ciao". 

So all our friends who sang on Gilligan 
eventually leave, and we go back to the re- 
cording studio to finish the E.P. As we are 
listening back to Betty Crocker, Punk Rocker, 
and Dee Dee's vocals, I feel shivers going 
down my spine, and tears welling up a Dit in 
my eyes. I finally did a record, and had one of 
my all time favorite heroes sing along with 
me on it. I had achieved something I never 
thought I would have. So what if I had a bad 
childhood with an abusive father. So what if 
I was beaten up as a kid on a regular basis for 
being different. So what if I was basically 
thrown out of my own home, and college. So 
what if I didn't make it into the Ramones. So 
fucking what. Dee Dee Ramone came and 
sang on my record. And he called me his 
friend. 

So all I can say is: 

Take my life, please. 
Endnotes: 

1. Obviously, I'd like to thank Lookout! for 
putting out the E.P. Everyone there, Chris, 
Molly, Cathy, Paige, Larry, and everyone have 
been really, really nice. We are very happy to 
have this E.P. out and can't thank the label 
and everyone there enough. 

2. I'd also like to thank everyone who sang on 
the thing, and helped out with it. You guys 
are the best. Special thanks to Wendy and 
Nick, for without them, this thing would not 
exist. 

3. But most of all, I'd like to thank Tim Yohan- 
nan for letting me babble on every month in 
this magazine, and for believing in Furious 
George. Without his inspiration, thoughtful- 
ness, and dedication to the scene and to the 
people, I don't think any of this would have 
happened. I love ya, Tim. But don't anyone 
tell anyone, or I'll have to kick all your asses 
cause I'm from New York and I got a leather 
jacket with U.S. pins, and I got big sneakers. 
Punk Rock. 



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I stopped using heroin about a year ago 
My three year run had finally begun to suck 
the life force right out of me. Ino longer 
recognized nor remembered who I was or 
what I was like. My days resembled a habi- 
trail: wake up sick, figure out a scam to get 
cash, score, nod and wake up sick again. 
Nothing changed except my tolerance- what 
began at ten dollars a day peaked at eighty 
and ended around thirty. The luxury of hind- 
sight reveals that it was depressing, fucking 
depressing. But then of course, it was no- 
body's fault but mine. 

The catalyst that lead to me kicking was 
running into an old friend in the East Village. 
She was nodding and drooling on a set of 
stone steps, casually hooking as if it was 
nothing out of the ordinary. I walked away 
stunned cos I fucking knew her and then I 
started thinking. And thinking. AND THINK 
ING- how long was it till I resorted to ped 
dling my ass on Manhattan street corners? 
And if I continued fixing who knows? Pon- 
dering this photo caption I decided that I did 
not want to oe a hustler and that I did not like 
being a junkie. 

When you're a junkie your entire life 
telescopes down to the present fix and near 
future fix. Nothing else enters your field of 
vision- not the disappearing possessions, the 
nonexistent hygiene or the receding friends. 
All that matters are tiny glassine envelopes 
and a comfy chair with a spacious view of the 
skyline. 

So I left NYC and am now living with 
my parents. I'm very thankful and gracious 
that they've given me the chance to get my life 
together cos believe me, I was a fucking mess. 
Withdrawal {w/ draw /all) was the worst thing 
that's ever happened to me- the entire body is 
sore and you snake, sweat and shit; endlessly 
puking while craving sleep. The only relief is 
in the form of long, hot showers and plenty of 
cigarettes. After about four days the symp- 
toms peak and you regain an appetite; after a 
month you can actually sleep for a few hours 
and conceive of subjects unrelated to opiates. 

But withdrawal was worth it, withdraw- 
al was a necessary stage cos it reminded me of 
places I do not wish to return (Looking down 
a knife blade on a freezing cold night South of 
Houston). Being a junkie was awful, three 
years of my life are simply blank as if there 
were no film in the camera. I am not preach- 
ing. I am not proselytizing, I am merely men- 
tioning that my life has become much more 
manageable without the constant equation of 
heroin. The so-called 'algebra of need.' 

So again, I ask rhetorically, does this 
type of life look interesting to you? I would 



like to add a relevant postscript from the 
mighty No Trend: "All the wishes in the 
world, they just don't mean a thing. 




Parti 

I see that AK Press, those formerly Scot- 
tish anarchist publishers who relocated to the 
US, have a benefit CD out on Epitaph Records. 
This perplexes me, for many reasions. First, 
why does a supposedly politically oriented 
outfit wish to be closely associated with those 
well known purveyors of anarchism (yeah, 
right), Epitaph? But even more confusing is 
why AKPress, who publish tons of books and 
are far from financially unstable, would need 
a "benefit" at all. This cheapens the term 
entirely. By the way, this CD and future AK 
spoken word Noam Chomsky CDs are to be 
manufactured and distributed by Epitaph. 
My perplexion, by the way, is now purple. 

And while frothing at the mouth, let 
me express myself on another topic. If I see 
another article or interview lauding Vale of 
Re/Search again (and I'm sure I will), I'll 
puke. Look, Search & Destroy was, for my 
money, the best zine ever, but Vale hasn't had 
shit to do with punk or zines since the late 
'70s, and to read all the publicity lately on his 
"Zines" book, you'd think he was slogging 
through with the rest of us all these interven- 
ing years. Bull! He (like many others today) 
is cashing in on his onetime punk creden- 
tials. The reality is that he only lately has 
tried to catch up on what's been happening 
(walked into Epicenter a year ago ana asked 
them to sell him anything to do with 'riot 
grrl'), and long ago rejected punk when the 
whole hardcore era began. He felt it wasn't 
intellectual enough, and left it for the indus- 
trial music scene (that spawned such genius- 
es as the macho SRL and nazi-like Boyd 
Rice). Fine, but it makes me sick to see him 
being lauded in punk circles and put out a 
book about punk zines that features mainly 
people who evolved out of the very hardcore 
punk scene he rejected. It's like Legs McNeil 
of Punk fanzine (who just put out a book 
aboutpunk and another "Best Of Punk" type 
anthology. McNeil is just as fucked up, with 
a NY-centric 1976 perspective that leaves out 
anything or anyone since, a kind of "punk 
died when I got out of it" attitude. He was on 
an NPR show and dished out so much shit to 
younger punks that called in to tell him how 
punk was still relevant to their lives. What a 
fucking jerk! I hate this kind of rewriting of 
punk history (or any history, for that matter). 

Which leads me to the mass media cov- 
erage of the so-called democratic political 
process in this country. The recent Republi- 
can Nat'l Convention was the American 
equivalent of the Nazi's Nuremburg rallies. 
Goebbels would have been proud ofthe ma- 




nipulation going on. The image of the Repu 
lican Party as a 'big tent', moderate, and 
'diverse' was as far from reality as one could 
imagine, yet it was put across with the willing 
help of the corporate media coverage (or is it 
corporate sponsers... we recently watched 
the 1996 Atlanta.... er, I mean Coca Cola Olym- 
pics, and now we get the 1996 Philip Morris 
Nat'l Convention). Amazing. Scariest thing, I 
bet the 'viewing public' buys it. 
Part 2 
And now, a true life case study of lame- 
ness in action, starring Slim Moon, owner of 
Kill Rock Stars. 

Slim Moon- privately on the telephone 
answering machine to Tim Yo, 
April 1996 
Slim: "I don't think we're gonna advertise 
anymore or give you promos... it's a number 
of things... mostly it just seems like the mag 
azine (MRR) doesn't really have anything to 
do with what we do anymore. Also, I was 
contacted by Matt Wobensmith and he told 
me a story thatjust seemed to confirm my 
feeling that MRR just doesn't have anything 
to do with what we do anymore." 
Tim: "And you don't care to ask me about 
that before you make your decision?" 
Slim: "Well, ahhh, yes and no. I'm sure that 
you have another, side of the story but I'd still 
feel the same way... I think that you thrive on 
picking fights, and when people fight with 
you or argue with you, it's all on your terms 
because you love to pick fights. I don't neces- 
sarily love to pick fights and don't need to 
fight. I just don't need to advertise with MRR 
anymore and it's as simple as that... You're 
clearly looking for conflict and obviously this 
will probably lead to you being snide and 
snitty in public towards Killed Rock Stars 
from now on, but I don't need to take part in 
that— that's your problem. For the public per- 
spective, I just want to auietly cease to ad- 
vertise in MRR. The whole picking fights and 
loving to duke it out is your game." 
MRR response, 
April, May, June, July 1996 
Nothing said or written at all. The only 
reference to Kill Rock Stars since was a rave 
review and many Top 10 listings for the latest 
Bikini Kill LP in our June issue. 

Slim Moon- publicly in Punk Planet, 
early August 1996 
"Kill Rock Stars is no longer advertising 
in Maximum Rock n' Roll, or sending them 
promos. It was a difficult decision to make, 
and those of us who work here made it as a 
group decision. We felt like MRR isn't repre- 
senting what we believe in as far as what 
punk rock is all about and they are extremely 
hypocritical about the whole issue of con 
flict/ discourse /personal attacks in print. Ba 
sically, they can dish it out but they can't take 
it and it's a lame double standard. And their 
editorial policy is exclusive and stupid and 
lame. We don't think they arepracticing cen- 
sorship, that's not the word for it, they just 
have a lame editorial policy and some real 
irresponsible journalism going on over there, 
that's all." 

MRR response, 

September 1996 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't 

Slim do just exactly what he was accusing 

MRR of? It's also what's not being said that 



warrants comment. Slim, isn't this all really 
brought on by the fact that Bikini Kill was 
criticized in MRR for playing a Bill Graham 
show sponsored by Budweiser? That's really 
the unstated core of your position. MRR has 
given that band 90% good publicity over the 
years, and it wasjust that one knock at them 
that set KRS off. Talk about dishing it out and 
not taking itl 

Oh, and by the way, conflict for its own 
sake is a waste of time and energy, an exer- 
cise in ego. But I have no problem confront- 
ing issues which stick in my craw or that 
demand addressing because of their basic 
hypocrisy or dishonesty. Like this one... 




PROLOGUE 

"if you were one of those kids in grade school 
or high school who had a hard time respecting 
authority, journalism might be a good profession 
for you. Some of the same traits that might have 
gotten you in trouble with you teachers might 
make you a good reporter." Taken from News 
Writing - a student study guide, by Peter 
Berkow 

I wrote for a "underground" magazine 
in San Jose for a year, straight, doing socio- 
political commentary. (Actually, it was more 
like mebitching about various people.) I even- 
tually quit, for three reasons. One, the maga- 
zine started accepting ads from Budwiser 
and gave congratulations to Rancid for the 
infamous Madonna photo. Two, I didn't own 
a typewriter, and the editor refused to proof- 
read my chicken scrawl. Three, I got beat up. 
I retired for almost three years. Then I heard 
the Republican Convention would be in San 
Diego. I have to say, I'd missed the opportu- 
nities to talk to someone I hated, and being 
able to ask questions that I knew made them 
angry. The biggest problem with journalism 
is tna tyou have to be objective. Even advoca- 
cy journalists are expected to be fair if they 
wish to remain employed, so what do you do 
when you come across a total scumbag? Your 
opinion doesn't count as a journalist. In fact, 
you're not supposed to have an opinion. This 
is not a journalistic piece. 

SAN DIEGO - MY KINDA TOWN 

San Diego is usually thought of as a 
border town or an abandoned military area. 
Truth is, it's worse, it's a seedy beach front 
with a higher population than San Francisco, 
with approximately 2,500,0000 people. After 
the military left, the citizens took a hint from 
Tijuana and became a party town. Trendy 
bars line the streets in concentrated areas. But 
like in Tijuana, stroll too far from the main 
areas and you might find yourself in serious 
trouble. Its a MTV kinda town, with bikini's 
and beach volleyball running rampant. The 
crime rate is higher here than the national 



average for most crimes, and it's twice as high 
in auto theft. One of the only crimes lower 
than the national average is rape, presumably 
because everyone is either passed out, or 
drunk and willing. On the day that Dole gave 
his acceptance speech, a 36 year-old man shot 
and killed three instructors on the local cam- 
pus- But the downtown area has received a 
face lift. Every street has been paved over, 
every lamppost has been repainted and every 
manhole cover has been sealed for security 
reasons. I stayed in the Hillcrest area, which 
has one of the highest concentrated popula- 
tion of homosexuals in the U.S. (so I'm told). 
The area set up a citizen patrol board which 
had a sign in the window saying "Report hate 
crimes here". On my second day, I burst in 
shouting "There's thousands of Republicans 
having a convention downtown! And they 
said they would be here all week!". They 
kicked me out. 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, 

BOB DOLE 
Let's get this out of the way right now. 
Bob Dole is 73, an age when mostpeople have 
retired, or died. I don't think that s too impor- 
tant. Reagan was the same age when he won 
his second term in '84 (and we know what a 
great job he did, right?), and Strom Thur- 
mond is twenty years older. One thing is for 
certain though, Bob Dole wants this job. Why? 
Because presidents are preserved in history 
books, congressmen go the way of Menudo 
or New Kids On The Block. Dole wants this 
job so bad that he retired from the senate, 
shocking many of his brethren. This seems to 
be a great idea, after all, Clinton can't quit his 
job to concentrate on running for reelection. 
But there is a thing that politicians have that 
no-one else does, it's called Absolute Privi- 
lege. What that means is, as long as he's 
working for the government (i.e., speaking.on 
the senate floor), Dole can say whatever he 
wants about whomever he wants and not 
have to worry about being sued for libel. For 
instance, if I was senate majority leader, I 
could walk up to the podium and say, "You 
know why operation Rescue wants to outlaw 
abortion? It's because they're a bunch of child 
molesters and they haven't been getting any 
action, so they want some new blood!' As a 
member of congress, working for the govern- 
ment, I could say that and not get sued. The 
point is Bob Dole has lost that privilege, and 
now others will have to lie for him. Dole's 
right hand is partially crippled from a shrap- 
nel wound from World War Two. He con- 
stantly clutches a pen in his hand to ward off 
anybody off who might try to shake his hand. 
I watched when Dole spoke to a veterans 
group, and he was obviously uncomfortable 
(although perhaps it was the prostrate cancer 
surgery), as he could not return salutes, or 
even place his hand on his heart while the 
pledge of allegiance was recited. He once 
said When special interests contribute mon- 
ey, they want something in return other than 
good government", yet he has received more 
money from tobacco lobbyists than you'll 
ever see in your lifetime. And speaking of 
tobacco, did anybody see when Bob wheeled 
out that basket of cigarettes and Jack Kemp 
threw them out into the audience? Fat busi- 
nessmen knocked over old ladies, grabbing 
as many packs of Marlboro's and Camels 



they could get. The press stood back, smiling, 
'cause they had already stolen several hun- 
dred cartons from backstage. You probably 
didn't see it, because they can't advertise cig- 
arettes on television. Take my word for it. 
INSIDE THE ASYLUM 

I want to keep this brief, because if you're 
interested in polities, you probably know what 
happened, and if you don't know, you prob- 
ably don't care. I tried to get press passes for 
three months, but no dice. Since I couldn't get 
access, I had to contend with C-span, the local 
media (print and TV), and CNN, when I could 
convince the bar to turn it on. But the media is 
a tricky thing. Comedian Dennis Miller re- 
marked that there was an obvious bias be- 
cause the news would always show the most 
psychotic looking yahoo when they showed a 
Dole supporter. But when Colin Powell spoke 
about tolerance for abortion, affirmative ac- 
tion and immigration, I heard nothinq but 
cheers. That's odd, I thought, I thought most 
Republicans were adamantly against that. It 
was only inuch later when I listened to Na- 
tional Public Radio when I realized a lot of 
people were booing. Here's a quick summery 
of events. The demographics of the delegates 
were 75 percent white, leaving a lot of other 
races to cram into the remaining 25. The G.O.P. 
courted the youth movement for the first time, 
trying to convince people to vote for someone 
who is probably older than their grandpar- 
ents. Nancy Reagan cried, and the whole con- 
vention cried with her. Mrs. Dole played the 
role of half talk show host, half Vegas lounge 
act. Kemp pretended he still played for the 
San Diego Chargers, even though the last 
team he played for was the Bills. Only four 
speakers didn't have to get their speeches 
approved, and one of those people was Dole. 
Dole and Kemp played nice even though they 
hate each other. Dole once remarked that Kemp 
wanted a business (tax) deduction for his 
hairspray, and in '85 Kemp was quoted say- 
ing, "In a recent fire, Bob Dole's library burned 
down. Both books were lost- And he hadn't 
even finished coloring one of them yet." Ev- 
ery male speaker was expected to use sports 
references, and every woman was expected to 
insult Clinton. And while all this was going 
on, I kept thinking: Where the hell was Pat 
Buchanan? 

PATRICK J. BUCHANAN 

The man, the myth, the monotheistic 
mongoloid. Buchanan is a short, fat, odious 
little toad who bears a striking resemblance to 
Tom Metzger, of white Aryan Resistance, and 
shares a lot of the same ideologies as well. 
Buchanan, again unsuccessful in his bid for 
the presidency, has been played down since 
the last convention in Houston in 1992, and 
with good reason. When he took the stage 
August 17, he made a speech that went some- 
thing like this: "You want to know what's 
wrong this country? It's the niggers and queers 
and women that won't stay in the kitchen! We 
have lesbians wanting to join the army, and 
illegal aliens getting on welfare and then 
slaughtering millions of defenseless unborn 
children with abortions." Well, that's not ex- 
actly what he said, but it was close. Many 
were confused by how the party that had 
started as an abolitionist movement had now 
evolved into a party with plantation owner 
mentality. One delegate walked out of the 



convenition the next day and announced that 
she was considering voting for Clinton, as she 
could no longer stand the racist, sexist dia- 
tribe that had spewed forth. Thousands of 
Republicans followed her lead. Many blamed 
Bush losing the presidency to Buchanan's 
speech alone. Buchanan is an interesting case. 
The press go easy on him, because essentially, 
he is one of us. He is a journalist. He has his 
own political commentary show. To go against 
him is to go against a group that is more 
tightly woven than the cops or the mafia. 
Buchanan knows this, and he knows how to 
work the press. 

Even more to his advantage is that 
Buchanan doesn't have a lesbian activist for a 
sister like Newt Gingrich. Oh no, Buchanan's 
sister, Bay, is his campaign manager. And Bay 
has no problem walking up to the podium 
and saying, "Yes, I do believe the decisions 
concerning my body should be decided by 
white males over the age of 40- Thank you." 
But Buchanan has been effectively silenced 
this time around. After holding out until the 
last minute, he appeared on TVand asked his 
supporters to back Dole. He looked like he 
had been worked over by the other Republi- 
cans, and I expect that's exactly what hap- 
pened. He spent the rest of the week at Sea 
World with Phyllis Schlafly, trying to keep the 
fish from spawning. 

"Most of the -world was mad. (meaning cra- 
zy.) And the part that wasn't mad was angry. And 
tnepart that wasn't mad or angry was just stupid." 
- Taken from Pulp, by Charles Bukowski 

The freaks that couldn't get inside pro- 
tested outside, and there were a lot of freaks. 
Members of PETA and the ASPCA brought 
their pets, and members of the NRA shot them . 
Operation Rescue kissed babies, and the Na- 
tional Organization of Women kissed each oth- 
er. Straight-edge kids rode skateboards and 
carried signs that said "There's nothing wrong 
with milkl" And I was in the middle of it. 
OPERATION RESCUE 

Operation Rescue were among the first 
to show up, lurching out from alleyways with 
glazed looks on their faces and huge signs of 
pictures of fetuses that look suspiciously like 
war-torn victims of Bosnia. They held a small 
prayer meeting and then started circling the 
street. Soon after, the pro-choice side showed 
up with signs of their own. The cops quickly 
separated the two factions and made them 
line up on the grass. I tried to walk back and 
forth between Doth sides, but the cops soon 
threw me out because I didn't have a press 
pass. I went to the opposite side of the street 
and waited for the confrontation that always 
happens. Twenty minutes passed. The pro- 
choice side lost enthusiasm in their chants and 
stood around looking bored. O.R. stood 
around looking brain-dead. Soon they broke 
for the nearby park for a rally. A small stage 
was erected in the middle of the park, which 
was aptly named "Children's Park". The di- 
rector of O.R. is Flip Benham, and he is a 
master at rhetoric- Flip gave a very creepy 
speech. He pointed to one of the huge sign 
with a baby skull. They had named her Emily. 
Today was Emily's birthday. The entire crowd 
then sang "happy birthday" to this picture of 
a skull. I am not making this up. Flip can rip 
apart any novice counter-protester with his 
doubletalk. I watched as some poor girl tried 



to explain that women deserve the right to 
make their own decisions. "Of course they 
do!" Says Flip. "And if they want to murder 
their baby, that's their choice. I don't agree 
with it, and the religion that I choose says 
women will go to hell if they do kill their baby, 
but I respect their right to do that as well." The 
irl knew she was having her words twisted, 
ut she couldn't talk her way out of it. It's a 
common strategy for O.R. and the rest of that 
ilk to talk in circles, simply because they don't 
want to look like they're pushing for legisla- 
tion. If you want a tip for debating, cut them 
off and ask if they warit abortion made illegal 
in their lifetime. Demand that they answer, 
because they will try to skirt around it. When 
they do admit it, you can simply point out that 
they don't respect a woman s rights at all. 
BOBBY BIBLE 

Bobby Bible (his real name) says he is 
the Vice-presidential candidate for the year 
2,000. (Jesus Christ is his running mate.) He 
drove down in a van covered with biblical 
verses and crosses. He holds a huge banner 
mounted on a stick that says "gO To CHURCH 
NOT HELL" (Actual capitalization). Where it 
says "Heaven or Hell", the "N" is backwards, 
just like Robby. He says Jesus wouldn't talk to 
the homosexuals, and God has turned his 
back on them, for they have no hope, and they 
will burn in hell. A rather sharp reporter 
asked why he wanted the homosexuals to 
repent, if they have no hope. Bobby paused 
for a moment of silent contemplation. "Any- 
thing is possible." He said finally. Like a com- 
plete contradiction, perhaps? He wasn't fin- 
ished with the gay issue, though, adding that 
he was for capital punishment for "all homo- 
sexuals". He paused and then said, "All ho- 
mosexual men, that is. The female lesbians, 
you spank, and then tell them not to do it 
again." So it turns out Bobby has a kindlier, 
gentler side after all. He loves Buchanan, but 
yells at Buchanan supporters who aren't 
dressed well enough. (Bobby wore the same 
black overalls with no shirt for three straight 
days.) The other side of his banner says "Hell 
is very hot. Don't go, read the bible for details. 
I took his bible and read to him: 

"And ivhen you pray you must not be like 
the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in 
the synagogues and at the street corners that they 
may be seen by men. Truly I say to you they have 
their reivard. But when you pray, go in to your 
room and shut the door andpray toyour father who 
is in secret; and your father, who sees in secret ivill 
reivard you." - Matthew 6:5-6 

Fie wouldn't give me an answer, be- 
cause I was smoking. Bobby actually holds a 
job, believe it or not. After the convention 
ends he goes back to Long Beach, CA. to his 
profession as a pipe fitter. Bob said anyone 
who had a job was an honorable man. "What 
about abortion doctors?" I asked. He wouldn't 
answer that one either. 

MEET THE PUNKS 

Over those four days, I saw maybe ten 
people I could positively identify as punks, 
but most of them looked like they were just 
checking things out, no real political motive 
for being there. Three skater guys held cheaply 
made signs demanding that they legalize pot 
smoking, with little anarchy signs everywhere. 
I started to talk with them, but left when one 
guy turned to his friend, obviously excited. 




"Mall, we're gonna be on TV, on the radio, in 
the newspapers ... we're gonna be famous!" 
Media whore. I mean really, is there anything 
worse? Sure there is, but do you think these 
guys really wanted to legalize pot or did they 
just want to "be famous '? I'm assuming they 
would say both, but all they did was look like 
idiots, and as far as I could tell, nobody ran 
their ugly faces. Three others, Jenae, Jon and 
Josh grabbed some extra signs that were lying 
around, and even marched later in the evening, 
but I'm pretty sure they were doing it just for 
the sake of doing something. To their credit, 
they said they came specifically to protest, but 
when I asked what they were protesting, Jon 
said simply. "Republicans." Good enough for 
me! I did, however run into some punks who 
were on a mission. 
RICK, RYAN AND PAUL: PUNKS ON 
THE MOVE 
Rick had a mass of moppy black hair 
and a Good Riddance shirt that read "true 
punk". He also had a sign saying 'Buchanan 
for president'- Maybe he didn't know Bucha- 
nan quit the race three days earlier. I asked 
Rick if he considered himself a member of the 
punk community. He did. And a Buchanan 
supporter? He was. I asked if that didn't seem 
a bit contradictory. "Not all punks are liboral 
Democrats" he said. Rick's answers seemed 
coached, and sure enough an older man (prob- 
ably his father) came and asked Rick if he 
should take over. He started to spout off the 
same old hate- filled Buchanan rhetoric. I cut 
him off quickly. "Excuse me, are you a mem- 
ber of the punk community?" I asked . He said 
he wasn't. (Surprise!) "Then I don't want to 
talk to you." I turned back to Rick and com- 
pared his views with Buchanan's. 

ABORTION: Rick doesn't like paying for 
abortions with his tax dollars, but if his girl- 
friend got pregnant he'd pay for it. Buchanan 
want's to make all abortions illegal. Period. 



IMMIGRATION! Rick thinks legal im- 
migrants are just fine, but illegal aliens 
shouldn't get his money. (Rick likes money, 
by the way.) Buchanan wants to erect a con- 
crete wall to line the entire Mexican/U.S. bor- 
der (an idea he stole from those commie Chi- 
nese), and put a halt on all legal immigration 
until we get things worked out". 

PRAYER IN SCHOOL: It's fine with 
Rick. Apparently the separation of church 
and state isn't necessary. By the way, Rick's a 
Catholic, but he says that's close enough. 
Buchanan wants time set aside during classes 
for prayer, and as far as I know, he's only 
mentioned Christian prayer. 

NAFTA and G ATT: He didn't khow what 
GATT was, but NAFTA was "probably bad", 
because it took away jobs from the U.S., Cana- 
da and Mexico. I forgot to ask about affirmative 
action, and I'm still kicking myself over that. 
On a final note, Rick had just seen NoFX. He 
said they were great, but he didn't like what the 
show was a benefit for. (it was a needle ex- 
change program.) Who said the punks are 
apathetic? By the way, Rick had never heard of 
MRR. I don t know if that's good or bad. 

Ryan and Paul are two self-proclaimed 
punks aged 18 and 15, respectively. They have 
been involved with Operation Rescue for the 
last eight years. Paul says that if he could vote, 
he would vote for Buchanan, but he's not 
exactly sure why. Ryan says he will not vote, 
because every candidate is too tolerant of 
abortion. Ryan likes "Christian punk" bands 
like Earth Crisis and Shelter, but doesn't call 
himself straight-edge, because "Those guys 
don't eat meat." (Animals aren't worth the 
same as humans.) Paul says he loves the Dead 
Kennedys. I asked what he thought of the "In 
God We Trust, Inc." album. He said it was 
great. Didn't he think some of those lyrics 
were addressed to him? "Lyrics aren't impor- 
tant." He said with a mouth full of broken 



teeth. I tried to explain that lyrics were prob- 
ably considered very important to the Dead 
Kennedys. "Yeah," He said, "But it's really 
just the music that matters." A Maximum- 
RocknRoll exclusive! Lyrics don't matter! All 
that criticism against Skrewdriver was unnec- 
essary! Now we can all be like the Cocteau 
Twins and just make baby talk over music! I 
actually asked them what they thought about 
Skrewdriver. They said they had neard of 
them, but had not heard them. I explained the 
Nazi/skinhead angle. "Oh, well, I don't sup- 
port that. I don't like people preaching hate." 
I looked at their signs, they showed a so-called 
aborted fetus, and at the bottom it read "A 
woman's right to choose." 

ENDNOTES 

Yeah, that's right, ENDNOTES. All in 
all, I was disappointed. The cops were civil, 
even friendly, even though they had received 
authorization to use Nunchukas. Operation 
Rescue and The National Organization for 
Women have been chasing each other for so 
long now that they are actually cordial to each 
other. Most know each others' names. Ted 
Koppel left a day early, announcing to the 
world that there was nothing newsworthy 
here. I would've gone with him, but there 
wasn't any room in the van. I hear the Demo- 
cratic conventions are more chaotic, perhaps 
because the Democrats actually have to pre- 
tend they are interested in what we have to 
say. The Republicans just laugh and burn 
money in front of the homeless. The Demo- 
cratic convention is up next in Chicago, the 
same city where people were shot the last time 
they held a convention. It may be more lively, 
or maybe not. Doesn't matter. I'm leaving the 
continent. So long, suckers. 

P.S. - I saw one delegate offer a death- 
rock looking girl $100 to be his "escort" (his 
words) for the night. Nice to know the Repub- 
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Welcome to Port- 
land, the City of Roses, 
a town where thou- 
sands of fast food 
dumps, and almost as 
many porno shops 
and strip bars litter 
the dark streets with their filth. A town where it 
rains non-stop and everyone drinks too much. It 
all makes for an interesting punk scene. There are 
a bunch of bands to see here, and cool shit to do. 
There are good places to play and nice people to 
meet. The best thing about Portland is that if you 
doit right, you'll have a blast while only spending 
a few bucks a day. This weekend I met some kids 
from Eugene who were visiting. One of them said. 
"I'm hoping to stay for a week or two. I've got 
twenty bucks, so I should be alright." 

Bands- Here's the low down on a bunch 
of Portland bands. There are also lots more great 
bands here and new ones forming everyday. I 
don't have all the current info, or all the band's 
addresses, but here's quite a bit: 

MDCandTHE RICKETS, have both found 
Portland their new home. The Rickets just re- 
corded 9 new songs and they cook. HELLBENDER 
also planted themselves in Portland. They have a 
new LP out. ( Larry Rickets. PO Box 14262. PDX. 
OR 97 293. MDC's address is in hiscolumn. duh... ) . 
THE NERVOUS CHRISTIANS put out an 
ass-kicking album. "Revenge is a Dish Best Served 
Cold" and then took a bit of a break as their 
guitarist/singer, Dan. was in the hospital. They 
recently started playing shows again and recorded 
6 or 7 songs as a three-piece for various comps. 
including the third volume of "Damned for All 
Time" on their own label. National Dust. Jeff 
Larson the Christians x-guitarist has formed a new 
band called THE LUCKY THIRTEENS who have 
also been in the studio recently. As the covers 
came in for THE LEMON GROVE KIDS debut 7" on 
National Dust, their drummer Jon. went into the 
hospital with a blood disease. Hopefully he'll be 
better soon and they can resume playing. 
THE WEAKLINGS, are off again on another tour. 
Go see em when they come to your town, and pick 
up their rockin' self-released triple 7 " set. or their 
split CD with pop-punkers. THE JIMMIES, on the 
NY label Bittersweet. Speaking of THE JIMMIES. 
they have been playing around as a 4-piece having v 
lost their second guitarist to marriage or some- 
thing like that. They're currently back in the studio 
working on their debut LP. after that they're off on 




a tour to NYC. ( Nervous Christians/Na- 
tional Dust. PO Box 24 54. PDX. OR 9 7 208. 
The Jimmies. PO Box 68153. PDX. OR 
97268) 

THE AUTOMATICS, the dorky 
punk trio, just put out their third 7" on 
Mutant Pop. called "i Golden Greats". It 
features ten three-chord hits. Their i 7- 
song debut Mutant Pop LP will be avail- 
able in September as they hit the road for 
a two week west coast tour. 
THE GOLLIPOPS. a six-piece new wave 
band, have an incredible demo out and 
play the most exciting live shows in town. 
Check them out! They even had an intel- 
lectual Make-Up crowd dancing recently. 
THE CARBONAS sound more like MC5 
than the Ramones. and they just put out 
a 7" that features the drumming of Thee 
Slayer Hippie. Jerry A and Charlie's new 
band is called PISS WILD HORSES. Noth- 
ing outyet. THE INCINERATORS play mid- 
tempo punk and have crazy outfits. 
THE LIVING EYES were playing around 
again, but I haven't heard anything from 
them recently. TATTOOED CORPSE has 
been pretty quiet as well, although there 
was a recent re-issue of the LOCKJAW 
stuff and a reunion show, which fea- 
tured B-MOVIE BLITZ (R.I.P.) and the 
horror-rock supergroup. BLACKJACK 
who just finished recording an album 
for Estrus. (The Automatics. 2419 SE 
Taylor, PDX. OR 97214, Mutant Pop Records. 
5010 NW Shasta. Corvallis. OR 97330. The 
Gollipopps. 213 NE Stanton, PDX, OR 97212, 
Tattooed Corpse. 8103 SE Tolman. PDX, OR 
97206). 

DEAD MOON are in Europe, again. 
THE SPIDER BABIES have two new 7 s out. One 
on Japan's Wallabies label, and a second on 
Chicago's Sack of Shit. A second LP. "Web of Hate" 
will be out in September along with a split 7" with 
Rotterdam's The Perverts. Garage newcomers. 
THE SCREAMING FURIES have been rocking and 
hopefully will have enough money to record soon. 
THE SILVER KINGS played some crazy shows but 
never put out any records. They aren't currently 
playing, but I expect a re-birth. ACTION FAMILY 
have also broken up. and the last record on 
Casting Couch was an acoustic guitar record by a 
two piece called BIRD DOG. The surf band, 
SATAN'S PILGRIMS just left on tour, while other 
surf-bands 
SURF TRIO and 
GALAXY TRIO stick 
outthe summer heat. 
( Dead Moon PO Box 
1463. 16631 SE 
Clackamas Dr.. 
Clackamas. OR. 
97015. The Spider 
Babies, 12712SDart 
Rd. Molalla, OR 
97038). 

The Texas label. 
Mind Control, just put 
out an LP each by 
MASSKONTROL and 
DEFIANCE. Ex RESIST 
bass player Kelly, on 
returning from tour, 
quit both bands. Chris 
from 
THErTOCRASTINATORS 
is now playing bass in 
DEFIANCE and 




MASSKONTROL is no more. Kelly is in the band 
DETESTATION with Brian from 
STARVED AND DELERIOUS. and Wolf from 
BLACK KRONSTADT. PROCRASTINATORS current 
4-piece line-up with the duel guitars of Ryan ( ex- 
RICKETS) and Adam ( ex- 

STARVED AND DELERIOUS ) just cut some of their 
drunken 7 7 punk into vinyl, a self-titled 7". Ex- 
PROCRASTINATOR. Gary, is now in another 77 
band called ANTIWORLD. They play solid mid- 
tempo punk with a ghouish twist. Their 1 0-song 
demo is available from them for $4. Another 
band to check out is THE OBLITERATED. They've 
been playing lots of drunken bashes, but I haven't 
seen any vinyl yet. (The Procrastinators. 16409 
SE Division. N°2 16/1 38. PDX. OR 97236-1 931. 
Defiance/Masskontrol 1951 W. Burnside Box 
1654. PDX. OR 97209. Detestation. 2223 SE Ash. 
PDX. OR 97214. Antiworld. 222 W. Burnside. 
PDX. OR, 07209). 

APT 3-G have a new album out on Fat 
Wreck ( not really, but it sounds like it ) . It's really 
on some label in Amsterdam. They've recently 
added back-up vocals and jumping to their live 
set. THE DRAPES have a new 7" out on Over the 
Counter Records, and are on a Summer tour. Also 
on the road this summer are the hXc youth outfits 
NATIONAL GUARD and BERZERK. BERZERK has a 
demo tape out and will soon have a 7" on Recess 
Records. N NATIONAL GUARD has one EP on 
Miami's Smooth Lips records, and a bunch of 
other tracks recorded, so look outl SPUTNIK is 
another crazy young band from Battleground. 
WA. They put out a great tape with cool songs 
about high school, the government, and mastur- 
bation. Other bands from that side of the Colum- 
bia include the ska-punk band THE FEDS and the 
THE KNUCKLEHEADS. a ska-punk band who are 
becoming more of an Oi! band. They have a record 
due out on Seattle's Ransom Note, and a track 
coming out on NRA's Hardcore Breakout series. 
Also due out on Ransom Note is a record by 
THE DELINQUENTS, a tough-guy hard core act. 
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self-released a double 7" which destroys. (A3-G, 
3602 SE Mall N°6, PDX. OR. 97202. National 
Guard, i 1212 NW 25th. Vancouver. WA98685. 
Sputnik. PO Box 788. Battleground. WA. 98604. 
The Delinquents. 12905 SE Stark. PDX. OR. 
07233) 

C.O.I. (Conflict of Interest) play old 
school hard-core, and have the heaviest-hitting 
female drummer in town. PIMPSLAP. with a new 
guitarist and drummer formed into 4Q and play 
brutal fast punk rock. THE LOW RENT SOULS con 
tinue to tour, record, and do Peace Creep Records. 
ELMER recorded an LP which I think will come out 
posthumously on Too Many Records. No one I've 
talked to seems to know the whereabouts of the 
awesome IOWA HAWKEYES. I think they might 
have also broken up. ( Low Rent Souls. PO Box 
42451. PDX, OR 97242). 

A punker all-girl band isTHE THIRD SEX 
who have also been touring and recording a 
bunch. There was recently a Super-grrl convention 
at PSU. which I'm sure went very well. 

SUB-LUX got a new guitarist and have 
more of a punk sound now. Willamette Jack's 
Finger and Toe Clinic are working on doing a 
comp 10" with sludge-rockers. VIADOLOROSA. 
and snotty punks. JACK FROST 
& THE ICYCLES OF DOOM. I saw SET VECTOR at 
Suburbia and they were great! SLOWSIDE DOWN 
broke up. So did HUTCH! or so I have been told ) . 
Like I said before, there are a bunch of 
other great bands around, but I can't think of em 
right now. Oh well- 
Venues- There are many bars, clubs and 
punk houses that do shows here. The shows are 
not always well publicized or attended, but there 
are people who work pretty hard. If you write to 
or call me. I'll help you out. Here are a few venues 
that book regularly and are fairly easy to get in 
touch with (for now). 

All-ages. The Stage FourTheater at 5 2 7 
SE Pine is a live drama theater that does shows on 
weekends and other events all week. They have a 
separate room where over 21'ers can buy beer. 
The stage is big and sturdy and there are cool 
lights. The sound is good. Contact Christian St. 

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Claire at (5031-238-9692. 

The O'Hell used to be the X-Ray Cafe. It's 
a small thrift store on lower W. Burnside that 
houses the Landmine Cafe and does cool 
shows. The sound is fine, and the stage is tiny. 
Contact Dawn at (503)790-2870. 

Suburbia is a huge warehouse which 
has like three stages and is down on SE 7th 
and Market. Unfortunately, it wasn't up to 
code and just got shut-down temporarily. I'm 
sure it will open again soon. Call Rochelle at 
(503)736-9329. 

LaLuna on 9th and SE Pine is where the 
Buzzcocks. Rocket from the Crypt and the 
Epitaph bands play. Have your people call 
their people. (Their people are Monqui 
(5031-223-5833). 

21 -Plus: EJ's Hideaway features Pabst 
Blue Ribbon, foosball and pool tables, and on 
a good night a bunch of drunkards. Many of 
the shows there are lo-fi indie rock deals but 
there are good punk bills every now and then. 
Tuesday nights are free but the bands get free 
beer. On Thursday there's all you can drink 
i PBR for $5. You can usually expect a pretty 
good turnout on weekends. They also have 
gm the Hell-Fire kitchen which serves big plates 
of veggie food and meat. Call Mikey Thrasher 
for booking: ( 503)778-3178. 

Satyricon is a hard-liquor and beer bar 
in scummy old-town connected to a hip res- 
taurant called Fellini's. Bands get a discount on 
beer and sometimes get paid. Call Ben at ( 503)- 
243-2844. 

Record Stores- There are a bunch of 
record stores in town that close and re-open and 
may be of interest to you or not. You can find them 
in the Yellow Pages under "Compact Discs". The 
two stores that specialize in punk, buy merchan- 
dise from touring bands, and do in-store shows 
are Roundhouse Records at 1 7 2 7 SE Hawthorne, 
and Ozone at 1 03 6 W Burnside. Two other stores 
that are notable are 2nd Avenue, at 4 1 8 SW 2nd. 
which has a large garage section, and Rip City 
Records on 7 0th and Powell. Rip City's records are 
$.50. and if you look through about 500 copies 
of Asia. Fleetwood Mac. and Boston ( N°i record 
of 7 7) records, you're sure to find some new 
wave and punk treats. 

Clothing- The St Vincent's at 3600 SE 
28th and Goodwill at 8300 SE McLoughlin. both 
have bins and sell clothes at less than a dollar a 
pound. For a shopping trip head out to SE 82nd 
and make your way through fast food dives, used 
car dealers, gun shops, prostitutes, and malls. 
Around there they have Better Bargains. Deseret, 
Value Village, and a bunch of privately owned 
ones that always have the colored tag discounts. 
There's a punk clothing store called 
Another State of Mind at 222 W Burnside. and a 
S/M leather shop up the street at 1002 SE 8th. 
called Spartacus. 

For heavy duty leather jackets, take a 
field trip to Langlirz Leathers at 2443 SE Division. 
They've been making the best leather jackets in 
the world for almost 50 years. 

There's some vintage clothing stores 
littered around the hip areas of town along with 
espresso houses and gourmet pizza joints. These 
"hip" areas are NW 2 1st and 23rd. and SE 
Hawthorne ( around 35th). Also on the corner of 
SW Broadway and Alder there are a ton of trendy 
stores with the latest cutting edge fashions. 

Shelter- There are a bunch of overnight 
hotels around the city, but here are two hostels I 
know of. Portland International Hostel at 3031 
SE Hawthorne and the New Ritz at 1110 SW 



Washington. There are a lot of nice parks in 
Portland. For a quieter sleep I'd recommend 
sleeping in the ones on the East side. 

Food- There are lots of interesting and 
fun places to eat in Portland, ask around and 
you'll wind up at The Space Room. Dot's. Montage, 
and other crazy places. They have a Food Not 
Bombs on 39th Hawthorne at 4 pni and give out 
lots of free pizza. If you want a cheap alternative 
to Taco Bell and Denny's head up to 2 8th and NE 
Alberta to La Sierenita and Mi Ranchito.They have 
burrito's that'll fill you up for $2.00 ( they might 
make you sick though). The chain pizza place. 
Izzy's, has all-youcan-eat pizza and salad for $6. 
Other Attractions- You'll want to tour 
the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery at 1 1 33 W Burnside, 
and sample their beer and root beer. You could 
also visit the Muzak Offices at 1 2 5 9 5 N E Marx St. 
and get them to play your band's music. The 
pinball and video games in Avalon at 3451 SE 
Belmont work on nickels, but you have to pay 
$1.75 admission. The UFO Museum is at 1737 
SW Alder. The Advertising Museum is at 524 NE 
Grand. The Cowboy Museum is at 729 NE Oregon. 
The Art Museum is at 1 2 1 9 SW Park. The World 
Forestry Center and the Zoo are at 4033 SW 
Canyon Road, and 400 1 SW Canyon Road respec 
lively. The Bagdad at 3702 SE Hawthorne and 
Mission at 1624 NW Glisan have movies for $1 
and you can drink inside. For under 2 1 cheap-o 
flicks, there's $1.50 double-features at the 
Laurelhurst at 2735 E Burnside and the historic 
Hollywood at 41st and NE Sandy. There's some 
anarchist bookstore, dealers, and places to buy 
clean needles down on lower W Burnside. Ex- 
plore the historic section called Old Town and stop 
by the 24-hr church of Elvis. It's up near the 
Burger King. 

If you wanna cool off take 84 west 
through the Columbia River Gorge to see a bunch 
of cool waterfalls, and swimming holes. There's 
also a nude beach at Rooster Rock. All this crap is 
about 45 minutes from downtown if you're driv- 
ing 55 in a broken van. and most all of it is free. 
Sauvie Island is also a cool nude beach near a 
bunch of farms. You need a parking pass though. 
Get someone to take you... 

FYI: ERC Productions in the BYOFL '96 
is a sham. He has never booked a show. To get 
your records back, call him at his new number 
(503)762-6992 

If you do want help booking shows call 
me, Jesse, at (503 (-234-1265. Nate from Na- 
tional Guard at ( 3601-574-5138. or any of the 
clubs' numbers listed above. 

That's all for now. Thanks to Nate, Chris, 
Jason, and anyone who wrote to me about their 
band. If you have any comments about this scene 
report or want to get together to collaborate on 
zines. shows, or music please write to me at 24 1 9 
SE Taylor. PDX. OR 97214. 

There is actually a 
scene rolling 
through the Akron 
area with a new 
set of tires. It's been 
growing over the 
pastyearorsowith 
more places to play 
more bands to see. Not quite as big 

as the Cleveland music scene. Akron ( home of 

Devo. Rubber City Rebels. Chryssie Hynde) has 

been on the move. 

A new club in town called the Attik 

opened in April and offers a great sound system. 

lights, and plenty of room. Attempting to become 




and 




the area's version of CBGB's, the club hosted New 
Red Archives recording artists Squat, and Accus- 
tomed 2 Nothing in June. The club is in the heart 
of the city's red-light district which adds to the 
uniqueness of the club. Plans include a tattoo 
parlor, body piercing, underground CD shop, and 
punk rock museum along with an eatery. (381/ 
2 Case Ave.. Akron. OH 44305 ) Brewsky's night 
club is down the street on the Akron University 
strip and has opened up to more nights a week 
and a new and improved stage. The club is located 
on the university strip, but has done a pretty good 
job of bringing in a live music atmosphere and 
features more imported beers than you will ever 
see. 

Next to Brewsky's is Andrews Brews, a 
coffee house that's become a teen hangout and a 
place for teen bands to play on Saturdays. While 
not really made for music, the club does have a 
good stage area and space. 

Annabell's is open on the west side of 
town bringing in all types of bands. The music 
area is in the downstairs and very dimly lit for 
good atmosphere. 

Newly opened, the Cobalt Club is lo- 
cated in the valley (yes. Akron has one!) with 
bands twice a week and the DJ spinning the punk 
until 5 AM. It's come to a point that you can go. 
"Wow. more than one place to play." Other clubs 
like the Daily Double and Ron's Crossroads are still 
around as well. The HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERS con- 
tinue to keep their "don't give a shit" attitude as 
the band turned 13 (years old) in May. They 
continue to be one of the area's best bands 
remaining from the early punk days with their 
Ramones meets Aerosmith style. They have been 
working on new material and might make it into 
the studio for a full length CD later in the year. 
They most recently appeared on Hardknocks 
Records CD compilation. "Continental Exposure", 
with three tracks. (PO Box 264 59. Akron. OH 
44319) 

The SIBZ are some new blood to the 
area featuring brothers on guitars and sisters on 
rhythm, they perform intense modern rock that's 
got a dark twist. Nothing released as of yet. but 
they do have a video available. 

A band that is catching a lot of attention 
in the area including Cleveland. ( PO Box 26459, 

Akron. OH 44 3 1 9 ) . SWING HEIL is a 





band that's 
also new to 
the area. The 
three piece 
offer up en- 
ergetic ska- 
surf-punk, 
claiming to 
be more 
Greek than 
the alpha- 
bet, they 
have just re- 
corded a 
three song 
tape and pri- 
marily play- 
ing the likes 
of Andrews 
Brews and 
the Attik. 
(PO Box 
26459. Ak- 
ron, OH 
44319). 



The NIMRODS remain one of the area's most 
seasoned and best acts. They have been playing 
the area a lot and are finishing up their second full 
length LP. Hard core punk that's mid eighties 
sounding. ( PO Box 1711, Kent. OH 44240). 

CD TRUTH are another of Akron's coolest 
bands. They put on lots of energetic original music 
and have a full length CD out. plus some EPs and 
a new single. "I Hate Route 8"/"We Got The 
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Solingen, Germany. Italian 
from Chicago to Solingen 
And so the story 
Bev Elliott. 



MRR: Hi guys ! It's ^IKV very refreshing to hear the sound 
of the Jet Bumpers! jM] I've been privileged to hear you 
play live as well as OS? hearing the debuT single (which we 
will talk about later!) but for our readers who have yet to 
have the pleasure of the Jet Bumpers 'experience', let's start 
by describing your special noise! Am I correct in thinking it s 
very American influenced? 

Jens: Yes. We like all kinds of rock'n roll and for 
reasons I don't know it ^ seems that the best 
rock'n roll ^^tf^^hk. was/is 



interest was 
more of that "^ cool sound 
and of course to play it. 

Mika: I think we all love the new and 
old American Punk rock bands like Dead 
Boys, Johnny Thunders or especially the 
Angry Samoans. I think they had a lot of 
influence _ for the Jet 

sound. 




made in the States. ^^^^ W Besides 
that, the best present on my 1 1th birthday^^W was the 
"Rocket To Russia" tape. 

MRR: So what's the story behind the Jet Bumpers music - 
have any of you been to America to soak up the Stateside 
punk influence, or is it all gained via record collections etc.? 
Let's hear some of your favourite bands and influences old 
and new to give us an added insight! 

Jens: I've been 5 times to the United States, most of the time 
visiting friends in Hollywood, once I worked in Holiday Camp in N.Y. 
for four months and I did a California tour with my old band The 
Embryonics. That was the best time in my life. I saw tons of shows at 
Ragis and Al's Bar, so I like The Humpers (best live band ever!) and 
the Rip Offs to name just two. Overall I like all kinds of aggressive 
rock 'n roll, pre and post 77. 

Christian: I've never been to the States, but I went to Solingen. 
It started around when I was 16, 1 first visited a special disco in 
Solingen, where they only played '60s and neo garage punk. Since 



MRR: 
Tell us about 
life in "your hometown 
what's it like to be punks for you in 
today's Germany? Is there a good 
scene happening? 

Jens: Actually there's a big scene 
growing around. Especially in Solingen 
we've got lots of cool garage bands: 
Cave 4, who already toured the States, 
playing their very own punk-rock-driven 
Surf-Sound, the Cheeks playing catchy 
power pop, Demolition Girl playing old 
school punk rock. Worth checking out are 
Leitplanke, Heebie Jeebies and Toxic 
Teens. Lots of bands mean lots of local 
shows too. Seems to be a good year. It's 
kind of hard to say in general what it's like 
to be punk here. For us being punk is 



attitude, a way you do things. It doesn't 

matter if you're an artist, musician or just a 

working person, it's just the way you do 

things. 

MRR: Who have you played with so far - 

and what about future gigs/tours? 

Jens: Because we've just started we 
haven't played too many gigs yet. Most 
times we supported the local bands we 
mentioned before. But now the single's out 
and it seems like more people ask us to play 
shows. So we're pretty busy in the next 
months. There are some shows planned in 
Italy too. 

MRR: How did the debut 
come about? Who are "Radio 
Blast Recordings" and " Tom van 
Laak"then? 

Jens: Tom, "connoisseur" of 
good music, walked up to 
us and asked us to record 
a 7 inch for his label. We 
never thought about 
putting out records of 
our "hobby band", so 
we just said yes. Tom is a 
great guy. He is a super 
father, husband and lover 
as well as a writer for 
Germany's great Plastic 
Bomb magazine, always 
willing to write something 
positive about his punk 
rocking friends, (so we do) 
He just split from Plastic 
Bomb Records to build up 
his own label-emporium 
called Radio Blast. Lots of 
cool bands like the Sonic 
Dolls, the Cheeks, the Steve 
McQueens and Padded Cell 
recorded for Tom, just be- 
cause he's such a good guy. 
And one day there'll be a Jet 
Bumpers long-player. 

MRR: It seems from my experience that 
just about everyone is in a band in and 
around the Dusseldorf/Solingen area - 
many people are even in more than one 
band at a time! It feels like the spirit of 
early punk days here in London - is it 

good for you? Are any of you in other 
ands? 

Christian: As you know I'm the guitar- 
player, but one and half years ago I started 
to play drums and now I play with the 
Vageenas and Leitplanke and will also 
record an LP with the Sonic Dolls as drum- 
mer. 

Jens: I used to sing in a local trash-punk- 
band named the Embryonics for 7 years. 
After that I started The Vageenas, primitive 



old school punkrock, who have 2 cool singles out. 

Mika: Yes of course. I'm also in three bands. They are both 
located in Dusseldorf. Six Pack Riot do some classic punk rock 
tunes. With Luki from Six Pack Riot and Fossy from the Public Toys 
we made the Trashcandiddleys and make some weird obscure 
rock'n roll sounds like Hasil Adkins or maybe the Cramps. 

Jens: The biggest advantage of playing in so many bands 
is, .you're always on the guest list. 
MRR: What are your lyrics about then - any 'heavy' or 
'political' leanings, or just having fun? 

Jens: They're all about me. This means having fun 
a lot of times but not always. I think a lot of the lyrics 
are hard to understand for somebody who doesn't 
know me, because there are lot of personal words 
and phrases in them. Most of them are very 
— short and written in easy English. 

MRR: Are all of your songs sung in 
English? If so - why? Do you think 
it is important, so your 
songs have more 
appeal to the UK 
and the States?! 
Jens: It's an advan- 
tage that I don't know 
English perfect. So I can write 
the lyrics while we play in the 
rehearsal room, without 
thinking I should change a word 
or something, so it sounds 
better as if I sing in Ger- 
man. I hope the lyrics 
are as fresh and primi- 
tive (in a positive sense) as 
the music. 

MRR: What's a day-in-the-life- 
of a Jet Bumper involve? 
Give us an idea of your 
lifestyles! 

Jens: We really would like 
to be four prototype punk 
rockers, but you can just find 4 
different lives as well. 

Mika: I am student for 7 years 
and I think it will be same for the 
next few years. I don't go to the 
University too often 'cause I have 
to work for my money. Actually, I 
work for about one or two 
weeks of each month and spend the rest 
of my time for the bands. 
Christian: I study philosophy and get all my money from my 
parents, so that I can sleep, read and make music all the day. 
MRR: For those of you who have 'travelled', how do you 
think other cities compare to the punk way of life in your 
hometown? 

Mika: I went to London for one week last month but I think 
that's not enough time to get a proper idea of life in London. 
The only thing I can say is that the punk rock scene there is not 
as big as I thought it was. I had been to London in late "80s and 
since that time it's changed a lot. So I think punk rock in Ger- 
many is quite bigger than in England "cause here are lots of 
new and fresh bands. In London or England they always want 





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to hear the old boring bands like Stiff Little 
Fingers or 999. So I think they are all living 
in the past, dreaming of the good old 
days. Here in Germany the scene seems 
to be more alive. 

Jens: When I compare the scene of 
my hometown to the scene and people in 
Hollywood, it seems like people care more 
about things which have nothing to do 
with punk rock here. Lot of people in 
Hollywood seem to live in their small punk 
world there all the time and just get 
sometimes in touch with planet earth. 
Perhaps this is just a prejudice, but that's 
the way I met the scene. 
MRR: What's been your best and most 
happening gig so far? What 
sort of audience come to see 
you? 

Mika: The audience is a 
mixture of punks and of 'normal' 
people of all ages. We don't 
have too many 
skinheads in this area 
of Germany. 

Jens: Our 
coolest show so far 
was an open-air 
happening below the 
highest railway 

bridge of Germany 

(die Mungstener 

Brucke, 107 

meters high). It 

was a free 

unorganised party 

where some friends had 

the idea to show up 

with a PA and let 

some local bands 

play. 5 minutes 

before it should 

have started, the 

police showed up and 

tried to stop the event. But 

30 minutes later there were 

too many punk rockers to 

stop it. It was just cool to play there out 

in the woods, next to river below this 

bridge, great atmosphere. Great show. 

MRR: How do you get your gigs - is it 

easy or hard? (do people come to 

you and ask you to play, or must you 

always contact venues and 

promoters?) 

Jens: Seems easy to get shows, 

seems hard to get money, but that's not 

the point. Mika tries to set up shows, but 

often hard-working punk-rock fans ask em 

to play shows for them. 

MRR: Where do you see the future of 



the Jet Bumpers going? What are your hopes and plans - any 
tours out of Germany, the UK or USA maybe one day? 

Jens: I don't care where we play, the main thing is to play to 
some people who like us. Don't like to be a rehearsal-room-band 
again. Anyway we hope there'll be a Volkswagen Jet Bumpers (1 10 
PS / mint green / faster than the Volkswagen Bon Jovi (1996) / cooler 
than the Volkswagen Pink Floyd (1995) / hotter than the Honda Kiss- 
Mobile.) 

MRR: What do you think about the old English punk bands who 
reform and do the circuit again? Good or bad -great or sad! 
And what's your views on this Sex Pistols reunion! Will it help 
our punk rock movement keep momentum, or just be a crap 
publicity stunt to make money?! 

Jens: Most of them should stay where the pepper grows, but 
the one's who still give 110% are cool. But then I start to think about 
which bands still do, there's no name dropping. But perhaps it's 
cause we're not too much into English punk rock. So I've seen 
the Dictators and Pack. They're just fresh and hot and 
we'll all hope the Zeros gonna kick our asses next 
month. And the Sex Pistols-makes sense that they 
reform: Cash by Chaos Part 2 

MRR: Do you have time in between 
your own gigs and 
rehearsals to go and 
see other bands play? 
Who have you seen 

lately - and 
were they 
good? 
Mika: 
There was not 
enough time to 
see any 
bands this 
year but I 
remember two 
fantastic shows 
last year. The first 
was Teengenerate/ 
New Bomb Turks and the 
second was Swingin' Neckbreakers. 
These had been some of the most 
impressive and powerful shows I 
have ever seen. 

MRR: How important is it to be 
in a band for you - how 
much of your life goes into 
the Jet Bumpers then? 

Jens: It's very important and it's all about me. 
Christian: Playing music is the only thing in life, 
which I really know how to do. 

Mika: Can't imagine not being in the band anymore. 
MRR: What can you tell us to convince people out there that 
the Jet Bumpers are the greatest and we should all get hold of 
a copy of the debut singfe! (What separates you from all the 
other many great local German bands!) Got anything special 
to say - any message to put across in parting! 

Jens: If they want a band, who thinks not too much about their 
music, but just creating it, they should dig the Jet Bumpers. 
MRR: Thanks for your time guys -who can people contact if 
they want to know more about the band or just generally get 
in touch with you?! .. , _ 

Please contact Radio Blast Recordings c/o Tom van 
Laak, Buchenstr. 18 b, 40599 Dusseldorf, Germany, 




Entering the blue col- 
lar underground world of 
the Pittsburgh PA Steel 
Miners, one enters mol- 
ten rock and volcanic 
sounds of steel. Some call 
it punk, some call it rock. 
Let the reader decide. A 
listen to these guys 
wouldn't hurt if you like 
loud, fast, aggressive 3 
piece bands. Garagey. Eh, 
more like a mine band. 
Diggin' up influences 
from archives such as 
MC5, Angry Samoans, 
Blue Cheer, Bo Diddley, 
etc. Well here they be, the 
Steel Miners. By N. Dor- 
phin Eric - bass/vocals, 
John - guitar/vocals, Max 
- drums/vocals. 



Max: Not only do we rip off the punk 
rock explosion of '66 and '77, but 
we also rip off records that come 
out yesterday and way back to the 
fifties. Therefore, we're free to rip 
off anything else. 
John: We'll rip off records that 
come out tomorrow. We're equal 
opportunity thieves. 
Eric: I've been listening to old stuff 
like Germs and Generation X. 
Max: Mt. McKinleys, Cadaver 
Jones, Holly Golightly. 
John: I've been listening to the New 
Bomb Turks all the time and every- 
one says we sound like 'em. They 
just traded me their record, so... I 
dig 'em. 

Max: Stooges, Saints, Scientists, 
Sonics. 

John: Blue Cheer, Blues Magoos ■ 
yeah "Psychedelic Lollipop"! 
Eric: Don't forget the "M's" - Mud- 
honey, MC5, Monster Magnet. You 
have to do it by every letter. Every- 
thing that sounds good. 
John: It's gotta be in the red. 
Max: A lot of shit loud. Loud is 
something that makes something a 
little better. 

John: Its the first ingredient. 
Eric: And a good singer that doesn t 
get in the way of good music. 
John: And not too long. It gets bor- 
ing after a while. 

Eric: Yeah, epic songs are for metal 
bands. 

Max: What about "Inspector's 
Leaving"? (Dig 10") 
Eric: Oops! 

Max: I like long stuff. 
John: I like short songs anymore. 
Ya know 2 and a half minutes. Yer 
in, yer out. 



Eric: If you can't say it in 3 minutes, 
then its not worth savin'. 
Max: And what if you're say in' I 
want to play my instrument for a 
very long time? Can't say that in 
three minutes. What if you're say- 
ing look how long I can guitar solo. 
20 minutes. 

John: Anybody can do that. 
Max: Yeah, but you gotta prove it 
once and a while. (Chuckles) In-a- 
gadda-davida - you guys don't like 
that? Roundabout? 
All Laugh 

John: For us, we're not getting into 
the long stuff really. We're tryin' to 
trim the fat. Nothing's really over 3 
minutes. 

Eric: We sing about what we see 
and what's going on around us. 
Max: I only write love songs any- 
way. 

Eric: We have a lot of Pittsburgh 
songs. It's not like there's a big 
message. In our songs, we just sing 
about what we know. 
Max: "Say Hey, Motherfucker" is 
cool. "Better Use It Now" has a cool 
message. 

Eric: Our songs are mostly about 
shit - like "Sour Mash" is about 
whiskey, and "Demolition Derby" is 
about crashing cars, and "All 
Hopped Up" is about... ya know. I 
don't think we're a drug band or a 
straight edge band. 
John: It's about freedom to do what 
you want to do. Most of my shit I 
sing about is my point of view. I 
don't think about anyone else. 
Max: I like all my lyrics. I think 
everything I write is fucking great. 
I think it's fucked up that girls don't 
want to have sex with me, even 



1 



though I'm really cool. I like to 
sing about that. I'm not saying 
they should put out. I just think 
it's fucked up. (door slams from 
roommate) It hasn't worked yet - 1 
don't think they can hear my lyrics. 
John: Well, keep trying Max. Maybe 
we'll do a slowed down unplugged 
version for you. 

Max: Yeah, acoustic competition 
at "Whiskey Dick's." Crowd would 
love that. 

Eric: I'm sure our audience is a little 
of everything. 

Max: Obviously I think our audi- 
ence is influenced by the same 
influences we have. When you lis- 
ten to us you know we listen to the 
MC5, Angry Samoans. That's where 
our music is. I think people who like 
us are gonna say "oh, I recognize 
the MC5. 1 recognize Billy Childish, 
Stooges." And if they recognize it, 
they can appreciate it. And those 
are the kind of people at our shows 
I hope. It's not gonna be Larry off 
the street - "Duh, look at these 
guys." Course we don't sound like 
anything that's vaguely popular. So 
it's people that are into the same 
things we are - like - collecting 
records, listening to music, fucking 
rock and roll and punk rock • That's 
who I think or would imagine is in 
our audience. Not saying that any- 
one can't enjoy our fine lyrics and 
beautiful melodies. Seems like 
more and more kids are getting 
more into the punk rock in Pitts- 
burgh. 

Eric: There are lots of good bands in 
town. 

John: It's not a bad town. There's 
definitely a lot of good bands. 
Max: There's definitely a scene 
happening. 
Eric: Lots of different kinds of 



bands too. 

John: Could be a lot cooler though. 
It's getting better. 
Max: No, I think it's getting pretty 
fuckin' good. The clubs kind of 
suck. 

John: Yeah, when people come out 
though, ya know when the Bowl-O- 
Rama happened. Everyone came 
out. 

Eric: Pittsburgh has under age 
shows. Alot of 'em. And there's a 
lot of places that do. 
Max: And there are free 
shows that are cool. 
Eric: And there seems 
that there ar a couple 
of ok clubs willing 
to take a risk on tak- 
ing on a punk rock 
band or alternative 
or whatever. And 
there's a bunch of 
bands around. 
Max: Yeah, a lot of 
good bands. 
John: Mount McKin- 
leys 

Eric: Mount Mckinleys, Pil- 
sner, Arn City Pahnders. 
John: Master Mechanic 
Eric: There's a lot of different stuff 
goin' on. 

Max: Yeah, you have it all really. I 
mean I thin its pretty good for inde- 
pendent music. Actually because 
every scene is well represented. 
I'm not sure what we really are, ya 
know? I guess we're filling some 
sort of requirement. Cause there's 
no other band like us really. I don't 
know... fast? garage? punk? 
Eric: Maybe that's what it is... fast 



garage. 

John: Loud. Loud is important. We 
want to sound like Blue Cheer. 
Max: On 45. 

John: We want to make eardrums 
bleed. 

Max: Spinal Tap style. 
John: That's what we'll do with any 
money we get. Bigger equipment. 
Max: Yep. 

John: We'll do it anyway. If the 
money comes or not. But hey, I'll 
take grab it. Ah, but who cares? 
Eric: Either us or them. There will 
always be someone makin' a buck 
off of rock. 

Max: And if you're doing it just to 
make money, then you're in 
the wrong fucking busi- 
ness. Fuck it. Who 
cares. I'll take any- 
one's money. It's 
all part of my rock 
and roll fantasy. 
Eric: Rock is 
dead anyway. 
Max: Lenny Krav- 
itz is dead. Yeah 
it's dead because 
so many shitty 
bands use rock and 
roll as a medium. The 
spirit of rock and roll is 
murdered by every shitty band that 
fuckin' uses it as its mode of com- 
munication. That's why it's dead. 
They have a fucking rock and roll 
museum for Christ's sake. 
Eric: Yeh and everybody's in a rock 
band. 

Max: But the kids just don't want to 
rock for real. 
John: We want to rock. 
Max: Yeah, us kids want to rock. 

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Pittsburgh, PA 15230 




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MRR: What does Divisia mean? 

CK: Everything but nothing. 

Alisha: It's a word that was made up. It can mean anything really. It's very flexible; it can be a prefix as in divisiaiizard 
or it can be a noun - if you re having brainfailure for some object or person just call it "Divisia" 
MRR: What's the reason for starting a band in the first place? What do you hope to accomplish? 
CK: We started because we had time on our hands and were (and still are) down for "do it yourself" We wanted music 
°"I Wa ?' ^, n £ w u wanted }°. be part of the scene ' not J' ust in nocent bystanders. We hope to provide more good 'ol fun shows 
without all the boring politics spit out all over again. Hopefully people will have fun at our shows, that's all we really want 
MRR: Are you trying to Incite people with the lyrics? ' 

Alisha: (I looked up "incite" in the dictionary). Yes, I would say I'm trying to incite people, but to a certain extent. I'm not 
trying to get people to murder or commit suicide, but I am tryying to make people use their brain and think beyond their 
haircuts or outfits In another way I guess I'm screaming for people who've always wanted to scream and talk shit and 
be heard, if I can do it, then they can do it too. 



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MRR: A lot of the lyrics deal with female topics, and a lot of girl singers seem to have an "us vs. them" attitude, where 
do you stand? 

Alisha: Well, I think female singers sing about female issues such as rape, child abuse, and typical macho attitudes because 
we are female and do have to deal with these things. I think that saying "us vs. them" is unfair. It may seem that way to 
males of ignorance because they don't understand. I think the female has endured a lot in silence and now that we are 
speaking out and speaking up for ourselves it's threatening some males, i really think the majority of wemon want to be 
heard and recognized, they don't want to castrate all males at birth. Sometimes wemon find a need to be as cruel and as 
crass as men have ever been to be noticed. I don't agree with stuff like "Dead Men Don't Rape" by 7-Year Bitch, I'm not 
trying to turn every girl into a dyke, and I don't think wemon should dress like guys in order to get respect or to avoid getting 
their asses grabbed at shows. I'm down for girls sticking together and breaking the routine and norm that our mothers and 
grandmothers have been assymylated to in this patriarchal society. These "routines" include the acceptance of spousal 
and child abuse, as well as date 
rape, and employment/abortion 
issues. Viva La Vulvalution! 
MRR: What do you think about 
affirmative action? 
Alisha: Fuck affirmative action. 
This is a U.S. Government sanc- 
tion/idea. People need to face 
the fact that we are all the same 
- human. We are not a race, 
class, color, or gender. Qualifica- 
tion to be employed shouldn't be 
based on any of those things, 
only the ability to perform the 
work at hand. 

MRR: After seeing the Los Ange- 
les riots, do you think anarchy 
can work In today's society? 
CK: The L.A. riots are a poor 
example of anarchy, if it can be 
called an example at all. The riots 
were based on racism and greed, 
not anarchy. Today's society is 
too conditioned to compete for 
anarchy to work, but if we work 
hard today it might be possible 
tommorrow. 

Alisha: I have no faith in the 
human race as a whole. I see all 
the destruction that has occured with government, and I see how humanity has been manipulated to the point that people 
are dependent on government to tell them what to do. I don't think they'd know what to do without it. People just aren't 
responsible enough. The only thing that I see working is personal anarchy. Stay out of the light, work from within, and decide 
for yourself what's wrong or right. But it also seems that people can't do that either, not with government, and certainly 
not without. I'm fully disgusted with the human race. They'll blow themselves up before they ever get a chance to govern 

MRR: Pessimlser-Theologian has put out mostly fast hardcore shit, and you guys are nothing like that. Did you or the 
label say anything about that before putting out the album? . 

Alisha: Motedl Hil That's a failure question. Does it matter? Whose idea of hardcore is hardcore and what is hardcore 

anyways? Come on ....who cares? 

MRR: If your houses were on fire and you could only save three things, what would they be? 
CK: My dog, my pot, and my toothbrush of course. 

Tommy: My video stuff, my bud, and I guess I'd wake my mom up and eat ceviche. 

Brandx: Roomates, porno mags, beer. 
Alisha: My dog, my makeup, and my pot. 

MRR: Whether you (Alisha) agree or not, you're the focus of the band live. Does that put pressure on you, and do you 
turn the pressure Into a positive and get more energetic? . , , . 

Alisha: I try not to think of myself as the focus of the band, and I try not to think that everyone in the audience is looking 
at me. It does put pressure on me a lot. I get nervous at every show, and sometimes even at practice. Sometimes I want 
to throw up or just run away. I always tell myself that I just want to have fun with everyone, so if it's a show where the audience 
is just staring at me like "what the fuck"?, or they're not into us I just play around and get sarcastic with them, or just have 
a little party by myself. When people are into us I try to let them know by putting on a better show or just looking right at 

MRR: At one show you (Alisha) had a black eye and "Daddy's girl " written on your dress in blood. Do you have different 
visual effects at all your shows? What's the reason for it? _• 

Alisha: I try to send different messages at all our shows by the way I dress and act. The "Daddy's girl show was one of 
my favorites. I was this pissed off little kid who couldn't hack the life, so she hacked herself. It's like being able to let all 

those personalities inside come out. It's theraputic but anyways, I haven'tbeen doing as much "bloody" stuff as I used 

to because back then I had access to all the blood and latex I wanted, but now that I have to pay for it myself, so it's different. 
I do stuff like the "macho broad" or just wear clothes that I like. I don't want to get stuck in one phase, or play out the blood 







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jff, I don't want people to get bored, I want them to go to more than 

ie show and wonder what I'll be next. 
MRR: The song "Super model" is dedicated to Anna Nicole Smith. 
Who is that, and why is the song dedicated to her? 

Alisha: She's a model I think is pretty because she's full figured, not 

Anorexic, and she reminds me of Marilyn Monroe. I just became 

obsessed one day. I admire her for being in the Naked Gun film, and 

I think we'd have a good time drinking and taking pills together. I don't 

lust over herthough. The song "Super model" isn't really about her, it's 

just dedicated to her. The song is really making fun of the fashion and 

modeling industry and how it affects wemon (and men). Girls are dying 

from Anorexia and Bulemia because they want to be like Kate Moss. I 

think that's fucked. Wemon are surgically altering their bodies with 

silicone and saline just to feel accepted. I think that's wrong. I hate the 

fact that society and the media dictates what is beautiful, or desirable 

with airbrushed images. Ithinkit'sbad that they focus on one body type 

or height, f love beautiful wemon of all shapes and sizes, but killing 

yourself over "beauty" is pretty stupid, and silly. 

MRR: If you were stranded on an island with two people, who would 

you want them to be? 

CK: Chewey L'roo and Bob Sagget, so we could kick his ass everyday. 

Tommy: McGyver and Anna Nicole Smith and eat ceviche. 

Joel: Decline to state under lawyer's advice. 

Brandx: Ashlynn Gere and Jessica. 

Alisha: My dog and the genie in Aladdin's Lamp with Robin Williams' 

voice. 

MRR: I heard a couple of your songs were used on a CD compilation 

without permission. What's that all about? Who are some of the other 

bands, and what do they think about it? 

Alisha: All I have to say is fuck Michael St. Thomas. If you're reading 

this, I want my P.A. back fucker.. ..and get a haircut! 

CK: St. Thomas Productions put two songs of ours on a comp that are 

like three years old, and that we've been telling him not to use for the last two years. I guess Greedy Bastards have hearing 

problems. Litmus Green is also on the comp. and they're pretty pissed off about having samples attatched to the beginning 

of their music without being asked. Everyone should stay away from his fucked up/out of date releases. 

Alisha: Oh yeah, you're ugly, your mom doesn't love you, and you're a cunt! 

MRR: What are two records or songs that changed your lives? 

CK: That one song and that other record. 

Alisha: Bikini Kill inspired me a lot, and I never got over Christian 

Death. 

Tommy: Jesus Christ Superstar the record and Wham! 

MRR: How does the cover of your LP "What's Left Of Us" represent 

you guys? 

CK: We like to drink and pick our warts too. 

Alisha: I think we're all funky looking monsters that like mushrooms. 

MRR: What does "this record was brought to you by 2, 3, 5, and 

the word fuck" mean? 

CK: We did it as a favorto ourclose personal friend Oscar the Grouch 

who always wanted to end an episode of Sesame Street like that but 

PBS wouldn't let him, so here's to you Oscar my boy! 

MRR: What would you do with a million dollars? 

Brandx: I'd move to Michoacan, the beach, grow pot, and film 

pornos. 

CK: I'd smoke it. 

Alisha: I'd buy myself a rain forest, and kill anyone who poached or 

attempted to farm cattle on it with my own private guerilla warfare 

militia. 

Tommy: I'd buy commercial property, invest in stock, and eat 

ceviche. 

MRR: How would you describe your sound? 

CK: We sound like a three-legged cat trying to bury a turd on a frozen 

lake. We sound like one hand clapping. We sound like this one band 

called Divisia. 

MRR: Post game comments? 

Divisia: Everybody inside. Watch out for the Magoncheega. It's the 

cheese. Steal peoples mail and huff freon. Life is shit to Joel. Life 

is Vida in Spanish. By the way, if you get the chance, read the book 

"Everyone Poops". Brandx is from Beaver Island. 




Write to Divisia c/o CK, 2103 W. La Palma Ave. , Anaheim, CA 92801 




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Michelle M.: Well, I'm Michelle M. and I sing and play guitar. 
Michelle B.: I'm Michelle B. and I play bass and I sing backup. 
Rashmi: I'm Rashmi and I play drums. 
MRR: What type oF music would you say your band plays? 
MM: (to the rest oF the band) What are you looking at me for? 

MB: Well... 

MM: We all play something completely 
different from each other. No, just 
kidding. 

\ R: Actually I'd even go that far. I'd 

say I play something very different 

from both of you. 

MM: I guess that p-w 

' want to say it. 

MRR: So, when 

did you all meet 

and when did , 

you decide .' 

to form - 



R: Should I initiate this one? 
MB: (to MM) I met you around P.T.L time. 
MM: It's like in '93 I was in this band called 
P.T.L and while I was in that band I decided 
I wanted to form an all girl group. You know, 
there weren't too many female musicians 
in the punk scene down here around that 
time. See, Michelle(B) and Rashmi aren't 
the original members. But I met Michelle 
about that same time and actually asked 
her to be in the band. She was kind of like 
"well, umm". 
MB: I had never played bass before. I go to 



have the time to spend and the time they'd 
want me to spend. I really wanted to do it, 
but I couldn't;. Even though now I'm in the 
band and I don t Know how. 
MM: So we had two other people. We had 
Britta and Julie. They had never played their 
instruments before, so we just jammed while 
I was still in this other band... 
MRR: What did they do? 
MM: Britta played bass and Julie was our drummer 
up until not to long ago. 
R: Like four months ago. 
MM: Well, I met Michelle B. in '93 and actually I never 
really met Rashmi. I stalked her at Saratoga High 
because I knew she played drums and then... 
R: Yeah, I played drums with her little brother 'cause we were 
both in jazz ensamble at school and obviously she saw me there. 
MM: I just picked her up at high school. 
R: She kidnapped me from my school. I don't know if that answers 
the question. 
MRR: Yeah, it does. Before Red N29 did any of you play in other bands and 
what kind of music did the bands play? 

MM: Before Red N?9 I played in P.T.L which was the same, you know punk 
rock, but like more 80s style, I guess. Before that I played in Dead Men 
Wear Plaid and they were more of a No Use For A Name type thing with kids 
from Saratoga High. Before that I did some stuff which is not even related. 
R: And I was in a band before this called Kokopelli and it was kind of like... 
MRR: Kokopelli? 

R: Kokopelli, as in the Hopi Rain God. It was kind of like, I don t know, light 
music. 

MM: Coffee house rock. 
R: Yeah, coffee house rock. 
MRR: How old are all of you? 
R: I'm 17. 
MB: I'm 25. 

MM: Soon to be 21. I'm 20. 
R: Yeah, I'll be 18 soon too. 
MM: Well, we're all around the same age I guess. 
MRR: Age doesn't really matter. 

MM: Yeah. ._ , , 

MRR: So, where did you get the name Red N29? (Everyone laughs at my 
predictable question.) 

i MM: The original line up. ..We all had red hair. Mine wasn t naturally red, 
k but our original bass player and drummer had naturally red hair. Then 



we thought of the whole M&M dye thing. So we just combined it. I mean 
it doesn't really mean anything. It's not a hardcore name or a pop punk 
name. It's actually pretty generic. 

R: Atleastit'snotoneofthose3letternames.That'sasraras I go. There 
are too many bands out like that. 
MB: Like acronyms like RKL 
MRR: So when did Red N$9 actually start? 
MB: When Michelle M. had a nightmare one night, just kidding. 

MM: The band actually started in March of '93. That's when we started to organize things. 
MRR: What influences the lyrics and music of Red N99? 

MM: I guess I'll start. World issues definitely. A lot of personal issues. Like things I'vedealt 
with throughout my life and political issues. Just personal stories about people I know. 
The music I write is what comes naturally. All the bands I've liked change throughout the 
years, so its just a mish mash of everything I've ever liked. 

MB: Michelle M. writes most of the songs and lyrics. But one song I can think of was when 
I was pissed off because I had this conversation with an ex-friend and I was just writing 
down stuff and I gave it to Michelle and she made it into lyrics. Other then that I'm still 
learning. 

R: I try to challenge myself with what I play and that's how I came up with my Red N59 
style of drumming. I'm not use to this. I'm use to jazz drumming. I'm so much more fit 
and stronger now that I do this. Now I can't stop speeding things up in the other situation. 
MRR: Are you still in the jazz band at school? 
R: Yeah. 

MRR: How is Saratoga High? 

MM: Just like the town it sucks. It's a very white conservative school. 
R: All of a sudden its this fad at Saratoga High to wear Red N59 patches on your clothes 
and stuff. It's making me completely sick. They are trying to do a yearbook spread and 
before I wasn't a hugely popular person. 
MRR: It probably has something to do with the punk fad. 

R: Yeah, people never went out of their way to talktome, but now they do. I just tell them 
to fuck off. 

MRR: I'm sure it will settle down in a while. 

R: Oh, I'm sure it will, but I think its such a horrible thing having people as a trend. 
MB: I think peo|' 

like a few years ago we weren't ok, but now we are. 
R: Soon country will be cool. 
MRR: Do any or you have any Favorite bands? 

R: As far as drumming goes, the strongest thing is my teacher. He's so 
incredibly broad. He plays a lot of classical snare and symphony 
situations. He has a lot of diversity in music. 
MM: Right now I like J Church, Leatherface, and Goatboy. 
MB: Some bands that influence me are Crimpshrine, Dead 
Silence, and Malignus Youth. 

MM: I guess we should mention that we are influenced by 
Krupted Peasant Farmers. That's safe to say. 
R: I'm the only member not going out with a member of the 
Krupted Peasant Farmers. 

MM: This happened before Red N29, so we're ok people. 
MRR: How do you react when people automatically assume 
that Red N°9 is a "riot qrrl" band? 

MB: My reaction is to tell them that we aren't. As far as the 
_^ riot qrrl thing, I've never really 
k. talked to a riot grrl, but it A 
seems like 




its a big thing. Like proud to be a girl. And 
its like how different is that from I 'm proud 
to be white? Did you choose to be a girl? 
No. We are all people and we should be 
proud of our accomplishments and things 
like that. I think its just separating us 
further. Equality won't be achieved by 
pointing out differences in the way of 
groups. We are all different, but we are all 
the same. I'm not about that. 
MM: I think the initial concept was good, 
but now it's just you read about riot grrls in 
a Sassy Magazine. I think that if" people 
really believe in the principle of equality 
then they will do things and just not say 
"We are riot grrls. We are going to wear 
barrettes." You don't need to do any of that 
outward stuff. As long as you are revolu- 
tionary on the inside is really what matters. 
R: A friend of mine went into The Starving 
Musician 'cause she wanted to buy a bass. 
The first thing the guy asked her was if 
Courtney Love was ner idol. She was so 



pissed off. You don't say that to someone. 
That's so stupid. It's kind of like that guy 
yesterday (at a radio show Red N?9 did)"Are 



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you angry women?" He was basically say- 



to do this is because we have some femi- 
nist message to give. Yeah, I'm a feminist, 
but I think feminism is just the 
notion that we are all equal. 
^ I don't see what's wrong 
with that. It makes me 
mad that you have to be 
some sort of feminazi 
to be in a punk band 
i of girls. I mean peo- 
\ pie would call me 
Joan Jett and give 
me so much shit 
for being a girl 
i drummer in jazz 
[ choir. People 
looked down on 
me and called 
me names 
. in sopho- 



year be- 
i cause 
I was 



only female percussionist in the history of 
Saratoga High (clapping and cheers from 
both Michelles). I started getting more 
respect from people because I've shown 
them that music is my entire life. But now 
I'm getting fake respect from people and 
that's what drives me nuts. 
MRR: Ok, because vou are in an all girl band 
do you get a lot or sexism? 
MM: Since I used to play in a band with guys 
before and this is my first all girl band, not 
really. But you always get the macho bands 
that say "Na, they 11 play before us." You 
know. We've gotten that a few times. I'm 
not intimidated because I'm pretty confi- 
dent in the way I sound and I think that we 
have a lot to offer as far as just different 
kinds of views. I've heard of other female 
bands refusing to play with male bands. I 
think that's really a shame because society 
includes both men and women 
and if you're going to work 
within a community you 
have to work with 
both. 

MB: I don't think 
that equal but , A 
separate ever 
worked as 
far as sla- 
very or 
any- * 
thing. 



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MRR: I was wondering how yiu got on Lookout/Kill Rock Stars 
compilation "A Slice of Lemon ? 

MM: We sent Lookout a demo tape, and Julie has friends and stuff. 

MB: She knows many, well a few bands that are on Lookout. 

MM: Like the Mr. T Experience. She helped our demo tape move faster. 
— ' It was one of those things. 
MRR: What kind of audiences do you like to come to your shows? 
MM: You start, Rashmi. 

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As long as they are nice people I don t care. 

MB: Anyone who wants to come can. Doesn't matter. People with open minds. We were 

playing a show at Jersey's Cheese Steak and this girl who must have been drunk was 

standing right in front of Michelle. She had a leather jacket and a cigarette. She was 

looking at Michelle like she was really into the music. 

MM: She was so drunk. 

MB: She blew smoke right in Michelle's face. We like friendly people, but not that friendly. 

(laughter) 

MRR: Are any of you straight edge? 

MB: I'm not. 

MM: Half. I really don't drink too much and I don't do drugs. 

MRR: But you aren't into the "Anyone who smokes or does drugs is bad"? 

MM: No, no that's just my way of life. I have some leather shoes, but I 'm not straight edge. 

MB: I think moderation is the key word. People should put their priorities straight and I'll 

do whatever. No wait. Don't use that. I didn't mean it that way. I mean... 

MRR: I'll definitely put that in. , 

R:l don't do that much. I don'tsmokeand I'm a vegetarian and I don t have leather shoes. 

Everyone: Ahhh, wow! 

R: I don't do any drugs and I believe in moderation in drinking. 

MB: I think that people who are straight edge, well that's cool, but as long as they 

St don't have that holier then thou attitude. 

Kl MRR: Are any of you against television? 

MM: I think too much t.v especially for young children is really bad. Well t.v for 

■J everyone is bad. A lot of kids can become anti-social from too much t.v. That's 



just oeen my experience, i m trying lu uui uuwn my i.v won-nniy iu unci. 

MB: I think that t.v is taking the place of a public forum of communication. I listen 

' to non commercial radio more then I watch t.v. They invite guest speakers and 

people on the other side call in and stuff. I 'm entertained by certain t.v shows 

^^^ like "the Simpsons", but it's getting out of hand.People are being told 

|1 what to do and think without even knowing it. It's another moderation 

*l thing. 

k l R: Plus, they've got all these Rikis and Montels. 
I MB: Those talk shows are the worst. One day my roommate was watching 
I one of those talk shows, I think it was Riki Lake and it was called "Please 
*•■■ Make Over My Too Sexy Wife". Women were scantily dressed. At the end 
they put them in these business suits. It was like either you have to be sexy 
and sleazy or completely the opposite. There's not an in - between. 
MM: I love it when Riki has the show "My Friend Wants to Tell Her Friend that 
You Ain't All That".(laughter) 
R: I'm all that and a bag of chips, (more laughter) 
' MM: Oh Rashmi, but you are. 

1 R : But I am. (even more laughter and some choking on pie) 
^^ R: I think that culture is what t.v makes of it. Like on MTV. It's crazy how 
Pffi young these kids are starting to smoke. I would have never cussed in fourth 
I grade. Its taken them over. 
'. vt | MM: Usually the people who swear a lot don't have much to say. I heard 
£* '' I that once. I didn t come up with that. 
. f\ v I M rr. So how about "Melrose Place" and "90210"? 
% ^^ / MM: Those breed ignorance and discrimination. 

^ R: "Married With Children". Now that's fine television right there. 
w MM: (imitating Peg Bundy) Oh Al! 

MRR: So do you have anything else to say? Last comments, upcoming shows, 
addresses where you can be reached. 
i MM: Well upcoming shows will be over before this gets printed in MRR so... 
i If people want to reach us the band or buy t shirts write to Red N?9 13039 Ten 
Oak Way Saratoga, CA 95070 If they want a catalog or to buy records, send a 
SAS.Eto Farmhouse Records 448 Madison Dr. San Jose, CA 95123. 

Discography: Demo tape (self release, way out of print) 1993; Mary 7 

J (Farmhouse Records N°l, out of print) 1993; Farmhouse Compilation '93 

(Farmhouse Records HH) 1994; American Underground Compilation 94, 

Shreds Volume 2 (Shredder Records) 1995; A Slice of Lemon (Lookout/Kill Rock 

f I Stars) 1995; No Hope 12 " (Farmhouse N°5) 1995; Red N°9 Live at 924 Gilman St 

2-23-96 (self release) 1996 




Noth- 
ing Cool 
Is a great 
pop punk 
band made up 
of four guys 
hailing out of 
San Francisco. 
After forming in 
Arizona in 1991, 
they relocated to 
the Bay Area 

around two years ago. Having been 
around for five years, they are Just 
beginning to get some real notice in the 
punk scene. It's about time they got more. 
With one full length out and various fs 
and other projects in the works. Nothing 
Cool's brand of punk is catching on. They 
deliver straightforward, upbeat pop punk 
with a hard hitting edge. Aside from the 
plethora of descriptive adjectives that tell 
you virtually nothing about the band, rest 
assured that Nothing Cool are anything 
but. This interview took place during the 
one break that the band allowed them- 
selves in the middle of a grueling five 
hour session at their practice space, 
located in a particularly seedy part ofSF. 
On the way into the building, I got offered 
crack by the hyperactive street personali- 
ty hanging around outside. The same guy 
asked me if I knew "that band In there. " 
When I replied, "Yeah, I know 'em", he 
Informed me that In his honest opinion 
they "rock almost as hard as Aerosmith". 
But don't take some crack dealer's word 
for It. Check them out for yourself! 
Photos by Summer Stickney. 
MRR; Alright, we'll get the ball rolling with 
an easy one. I want names and instru- 
ments. 
Theo: My name is Theo and I play drums. 
Occasionally I do a little backing vocals. 
Jeremy: Not if we can help it. 
Erik: Only when he sneaks the mic into his 

room. 

Jeremy: I'm Jeremy and I play guitar and 

sing. 

Jeff: I'm Jeff, and I play bass and sing 

back-ups. 

Erik: I'm Erik, and I play guitar and sing. 

MRR: Why the big move to San Fransisco 

from Arizona? 
Erik: You can't prove that we used to live 



in Arizona, so don't even try. 

Jeff: Better beer selection. 

Jeremy: It's hot in Arizona. 

Jeff: I had trouble with my sinuses, and I 

also wanted to be a bike messenger, just 

like Puck. 

Erik: Actually, the other guys came out a 

year ahead of me and then I moved here. 

MRR: So was the band Just in limbo for 

that year? 

Jeremy: No, we played a couple times 

without him. We played Oilman once and 

then we played at some backyard party in 

Oakland with some horrible hardcore 

band. The crowd kept screaming "You 

guys suck" throughout the whole show, 

then the other band, whose equipment we 

were using, told us the cops came so they 

could take their stuff and leave. 
MRR: Hou do you guys deal with heckling? 

Theo: Oh, we love it. 
Jeff and Erik: (in unison) Yeah, heckling's 

great. 
Jeff: We encourage it, actually. Last time 
we played Oilman we planted someone in 
the audience to heckle us throughout the 

show. 
Erik: Yeah, but all he really came up with 
was "You guys are fags!" People have to 

be more creative than that. 
Jeremy: Well, one guy at Epicenter did 

threaten to burn my house down. 
Jeff: He also said that Jeremy's mom was 

very fat. 

Erik: Yeah, and the funny thing is that his 

mom's a stick, but she's really harry. 

Jeremy: Heh!!! 

MRR: Well, how do you guys like the Bay 

Area scene? 

Jeff: The scene in the city is really cool. 

Erik: Yeah, the music is great. 

Theo: I just wish it was tighter. 

Jeff: It's very divided. Everyone tries to 



beat out everybody else. 

Erik: But, it's a lot better than how it was 

in Arizona, where there was so much 

competition. That's another reason we 

moved. 

Jeremy: Yeah, it's more friendly here. 

Erik: Well, there probably is more 

competition now because it's such a trend 

and everything. 
MRR: Getting on the topic of trends, how 
do you feel about the whole punk Is in, 

flavor of the month/year thing? 

Jeremy: I think it's wearing down a lot. 

It's not as cool anymore. (Nods and assents 

all around) 
Theo: Well, we jumped on the bandwagon 

just like everybody else. 
Jeremy: Yeah, we used to be a rock and 

roll band. 

Erik: We got the inside scoop that long 

hair's going to be in again soon, so we're 

all growing our hair out. (At this point 

Erik and Jeff remove their hats to prove 

that indeed, they are growing their hair 

out. Why it extends almost two full inches 

from their scalps.) 

Jeff: Actually, it seems like a lot of 

wannabe punk rockers went into the club 

scene, cause they could keep all their 

piercings. 
MRR: Totally, and still be freaks, and of 
course they can do a lot of drugs and 
dance like idiots. 
Jeff: And wear baggier clothes. They're not 
quite as constricted. 
MRR: How do you guys feel about punk 
being mainstream, with the high level of 
major label involvement and Its distribu- 
tion virtually everywhere? 
Jeff: I'm drunk. (This was a clever little 
"catch phrase" devised by the band before 
the interview to signal when the questions 
were getting too hard). 



Theo: Well, with like Green Day, that's 

what they wanted to do. More power to 

'"em. 

Jeremy: And if you want to do it, you 

should just do it. 
Jeff: Yeah, but don't hide behind some- 
thing like Rancid. Don't hide behind an 
indie when your trying to be major label. 
Erik: Yeah, like that headline. . .Surfin' 

something. . . 
Jeff: Oh, "Surfin' the Mainstream yet 
Keeping Their Integrity." That was a 

headline in Rolling Stone. Mm 

MRR: Oh. the irony. 

Jeremy: 1 don't think there is anything 

exceptionally intelligent to be said about 

being distributed through a major. It's like 

we have to work jobs and, we don't 

necessarily want to work jobs, but we 

don't look at our music like it's a job. And 

if you do it for a corporation, you're 

making money for a corporation, and 

that's the same as a Job. You're making 

money for the man. 
MRR: Okay, you guys moved all the way 

here from Arizona and then you got 
hooked up with a label in Texas, Clear- 
view Records. How did that happen? 
Erik: Just a sucky fuckin' situation, I 
guess. 
Theo: Nah, we just sent out some demos. 
Erik: And Todd (from Clearview) thought 
he taped over our tape when he really 
didn't. He was listening to what He*a 
thought was the band that he had taped 
over it with when he realized that he 
really liked us, even though he thought 
we were some other band. From then on, 

it was history. . . 

Jeff: And we recorded the full length in 

January. 

MRR: So, your debut album, "Don't Tell Me 

What To Do", is that the first thing you 

had out? No 7"s, comps, anything like 

that? 

Jeremy: No, that was it. We didn't even 

really have enough material for it. We had 

been together over four years and didn't 

even have enough fucking songs for a full 

length. 
Jeff: Well, shit, I guess it was about time. 

MRR: What else is in the works now? 
Theo: We went to Chicago and recorded 
twenty eight songs. Those are all going to 

come out on various compilations. 

Jeremy: Well, we re-recorded the songs 

from the album too.. 

MRR: Why? 

Theo: A lot of people didn't like the 

production- well, we didn't like the 

production- on the album. It was just not 

produced well.. 

Jeff: Very monotone. 

Jeremy: We didn't know what the hell we 

were doing. Every once in awhile when 

we would be doing something Bart from 

House of Faith would look at us funny 

and say "No, that won't sound good at 

all," but that was about all the direction 

we got. 
Theo: We just have this master plan to re- 
record the same songs over and over 
again, like Face To Face. . . (at this point 
the interview degenerates into a free-for- 
all slam session centering on Face To 
Face's habit of putting the same song out 

on multiple records, comps, 7"s, etc.) 

MRR: Back to my original question. What 

all do you have coming out? 

Theo: We have a 7". "Loser's Hall of 



Fame", out this summer. 

MRR: Loser's Hall of Fame is also the name 

of a song on the "Don't Tell Me What To 

Do" album. Are you pulling a Face To 

Face? Is it the same song? J 

Jeremy: No, it's a joke that didn't go over 
well. We thought it would be funny tqtfk 
have, like, the hit single; name the album 
that, the single that, but people think 
we're re-releasing the same soi^ptjl 
MRR: Well, rightfully so. . . 1 
Theo: Yeah, people are wondering why 
we're releasing the same stuff, but that 
song's not on there at all-iji 
Jeremy: It's alt new stuff.*'; 
MRR: Why did you put out the album 
without having anything else out before. 
Were you looking for Instant success? 
Theo: No, we just didn't know what the 

hell we were doing. 
Jeff: Todd just asked us to record a full 

length album and we said okay. 

Theo: Yeah, we didn't really think about 

it. We don't like to think, it sucks. 

Erik I'm drunk. 

MRR: How do you guys feel regarding 

Todd's philosophy regarding promotion 

for the bands and releases on his label. In 

that he doesn't believe in doing any? 

Theo: It's hard and at the same time it's 

good, well not good. 
Jeff: The label is really just a hobby for 

him. 

Theo: It puts it all in our hands but it also 

gives us more profit. We get 50X of profit 

with the album and if he did a bunch of 

promotion, we'd probably get a lot less. 

So, it makes it a lot easier for us to give 

them away for free or really do whatever 

we want with them. It's not costing us any 

money, at least. Now, of course with lack 

of promotion, it means that no one has 

ever heard of us. 

MRR: That's definitely a negative flip side. 

Jeremy: It means we're going on tour and 

no one wants to see us. 

MRR: So. then you've taken some of that 

promotion responsibility upon yourself 

and taken out ads in zines like MRR to 

have people write to you, enclose a dollar 

and then you will send them a tape and 

other free stuff. That's not the most 

common thing for a band to do. 

Jeremy: Well, most bands expect their 

label to do stuff like that. 

MRR: Then, are you planning on staying 

with Clearview? 

Theo: Oh, of course. 

Jeremy: Until we're offered something 

better anyway. Something with a lot of 

money. Cause we could still keep our 

integrity if we had a LOT of money. 

(laughs all around) 

MRR: How do you feel prostituting 

yourself to the punk public? The ads 

you've run are not necessarily begging for 

correspondence, but. . . 

Theo: No, they are begging. 

Jeremy: Yeah, but it really works. 

MRR: Has the response been pretty good? 

Jeff: Almost too good. 

Jeremy: We have to do it all day now. 

Make tapes, screen patches all goddamn 

day. Stop fucking writing! 

Jeff: I am patch boy. 

Erik: I'm drunk. 

Jeremy: But seriously, all the stuffs free 

so all it really costs is time and we can 

definitely deal with that. Don't stop 

writing. 



MRR: How do you guys pay for it? 
Theo and Jeremy: We steal everything 
H| from work. 

Theo: I used to work at Kinko's. 

Jeremy: And now, I work at a copy place 

so all the copying, everything is free. The 

only thing we actually pay for is patch 

material and then the postage is paid for 

by the dollar people send in. 

MRR: What about the tapes? 

Theo: We go to tape places and get all the 

rejects. At Tower Outlet, they sell all the 

singles that they couldn't pawn off in 

Tower stores across the country for only a 

nickel a piece. A hundred tapes is only 

five bucks. 

Jeremy: A lot of records stores used to 

also have free boxes with tapes to give 

away, so we'd just take the whole box. 

They don't really do that anymore. 

MRR: Hmmm, I wonder why? 

Theo: Uh, we don't know anything about 

.any free tapes. 

MRR: So you guys generally send out a 

tape, a patch, and stickers to people who 

send in a buck? 
;ii|j Jeff: And a letter and a lyric sheet. 
MRR: Anything else in the works that we 

should know about? 
I Jeremy: We're coming out with a split 
I with the Lillingtons, who are also on 
* 'Clearview. It's going to be a split 12" and 
the first two inches on each side are going 

to be etchings. 

Jeff: So, all we're really doing is releasing 

a 1O ". 

Theo: What a great idea. Why, it's a 

wonderful idea! 

Jeremy: It only costs a few cents more to 

make it glossy and do it full color, so you 

might as well. 1 hate vinyl, especially 7"s, 

that come with like a zeroxed cover that's 

held together by the bag. We like to 

present stuff better than that. 

Theo: And our latest 7" looks really good. 

(Wink, wink) Aside from the "Loser's Hall 

of Fame" 7", we're on the Too Many 
Records compilation, "Wood Panel Pacer 
Wagon With Mags", and we're also doing 

the next Just Add Water compilation. 
MRR: What is the future for Nothing Cool? 

Tour plans? 
Theo: We're doing a two week tour in the 

beginning of July. Down the coast, then 

over to Arizona, up through Colorado, and 

back down through Oregon. A lot of it is 

going to be parties, basements, record 
stores, that kind of stuff. I think that will 

actually be a lot of fun. 
Jeff: We'll end up playing out the back of 

the van. 

Erik: And after the tour, we'll be shooting 

our video. 

Jeff: We're really big in Japan. 

MRR: On that positive note, why don't we 

wrap this thing up? Give all the nice 

people your P.O. box and bid them 

farewell. 

Jeff: Alright, the P.O. box is. . .wait, I have 

to look We don't write ourselves so we 

don't have it memorized. Alright, it's: P.O. 

Box 642634, San Fransisco, CA 94 I 64-26J4- 

Farewell, nice people. 

MRR: Any last words, final comments? 

Jeremy: We're drunk. 

That's about It Write Noythlng Cool, 

send 'em a bock, and get your very own 

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The awesome Sires are a 
bisexual (male and female) 
and bilingual (French and En- 
glish) fourpiece from London 
via France, poised to rock 
your world. These sullen 
Continental types sneer at 
melody, hailing from the 
harsher, noisier end of 
1 60s-stvle garage punk, 
; with airty futzea-out 
guitar and wild, tonsil- 
shredding caterwauling 
from husband-and-wife 
duo Ayjay and Domin- 
ique. Keep your eyes 
peeled for a Toerag- 
produced EP of their 
outbursts on the 
German label 
Twist. 

Ayjay Sire: 
Guitars/Vocals 
(British) Domin- 

de Malac- 
arne: Vocals/ 
Tambourine/ 
It a r a c a s 
(French) Ce- 
deric Kynge. 
Extremely 
lecherous 
French bass- 
ist Fabienne 
Del Sol. 
ft r u m s 
(French). 
Interview 
by Gra- 
ham Rus- 
sell. 



MRR: Tell me about the band you were in before this, 
the Turkey Necks, which is the origins of The Sires. 

Ayjay: The Turkey Necks were formed in Limages in France-in 

'91 . It was basically The Sires minus Fabienne. We also had 

an organ player. It was basically the same idea, but plus an 

organ and we did a lot more covers. It was an excuse to just 

get away with playing any old how! 

Dominique: And we aidn t know how to play and we still 

don't know how to play! 

Cederic: I'm just there to hold the bass. I hold the bass and 
look good for the girls. I hold the bass and the girls come! 
MRR: Tell me about Limages (where all the 
French members of the band are from). 
D: It's in the centre of France, a small town. 
A: It's actually really well known by a lot of Americans, 
because all the big bands go there. The Brood have 
been there, the Mummies have been there, Devil Dogs, 
Nine Pound Hammer. A hell of a lot of hardcore bands 
from New York as well. It's got a predomoniantly 
older population, but the young people really move 
around and there's a lot of grants from the local 
government, so it's really easy to organise a gig. 
MRR: (Ayjay is the sole English member of 
t-e band). Ayjay, what were you doing 
there? 

D: It's a long story. In '88 1 was barely 1 8 years old 

and I mov ed to Fngland because S wanted to get 

away from my parents sort of thing and I wanted 

to see the place where it was all happening. I spent 

about three years here, I met Ayjay ondthen we 

decided to get married and move back to my 

hometown in France. When we got there I'd lost 

many of my old friends, you know what it's like 

but then we met Cederic and other people, ana 

we decided to form a band because it was so 

boring down there! We'd never play ed before. 

MRR: You formed The Sires in December 

'95. How did the Turkey Necks become 

The Sires? 

A: We moved back to London and the band 
split amicably. They carried on and now 
they're a band called The School Bullies. We 
just carried on with the same idea. 
D: What happened was that Cederic moved 
here because he had a girlfriend who lived 
here, so he moved back here before us and 
we were fed up with France so we moved 
back to London and hooked up with Cederic 
again and then Fabienne come. 
A: We really wanted a drummer who couldn't 
play too well! We don't like people who do a 
lot of fills and all that. 
D: We could have got another drummer, but 
we waited for her to come over. With some- 
one else it wouldn't have been part of the 
family. 

C: And she's very sexy! She's a very sexy 
jirl! Very sexy drummer! The best! Take a 

MRR: When you were still in Limages, 
did you follow the London garage- 
punk scene? 

A: We knew what was going on. 
D: We had the movies and records they were 
doing at Toe Rag. Every one knew what was 
going on in London. 

1: London and Limages are really the same! 
They both start with T and in French "Lon- 
dres" begins with "L" and ends with "S", like 
Limages! "L" and "S"! 
A: That's bollocks! About 6 months ago we 
went to a Headcoats gig and they actually 
said, "This one is for everybody from Limag- 
es! " They didn't say, "This is for all the French 
people,' it was "Everybody from Limages!" 



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D: There were lots of people from Germany and Japan and 
whatever and they said Limoges, not France. It was weird! 
C: Ho! Japanese girls! 

MRR: What is it about garage punk that you like? 
D: It's noisy! It's easy to play! Well, nothing is really easy to 
play. 

MRR: Do you think being half-female and half- 
French makes The Sires sound different from other 
London-based qaraqe-punk bands? 
A: No. I think it s different because it's different people 
writing the songs, that's all. I think that's bullshit. Maybe the 
drums sound lighter than a male drummer because Fabienne 
hasn't got as many muscles. And it's a girl's voice on some of 
the songs. I'm getting sick of the obsession with girl bands. 
There seems to tie a lot of girl bands who're making it and 
they're making it because they are girls. I sow the Trashwom- 
en and they were crap! I know loads of bands who play as 
badly as them. 
C: But they're sexy! 

A: But you're talking about them. The music isn't sexy — it's 
badly-played surf! 

D: I don't think being French has much to do with it, because 
we listen to the same music as everybody else here. We all 
have the same influences. 

MRR: You have a song ("Tell It Like It Is") featured 
on an upcoming Alopecia Records compilation album 
(Sir Bald Diddley's record label). Any plans to re- 
lease a 7" single of your own? 
A: We're thinking of putting one out ourselves as cheaply as 
possible. We've figured it out: if we print 500 singles on only 
one side and with two tracks on it ana nothing on the label ana 
we print the cover ourselves, we can afford to do it! 



C: We should put some naked girls on the cover 
so we can sell a lot! They can sell it at porn 
shops! I go to the porn shop every week so I can 
see my record and I'll be proud! Fabienne and 
Dominique naked, and they con put guitars 
between their legs! 

(News flash! The Sires won't have to 
take this approach after all — this inter- 
view was conducted shortly before the 
record deal with Twist came through) 
MRR: Tell me about recording your 
demo tape at Toerag. 
D: It's simple and easy and you don't have to 
worry about anything. 

A: It's cheap and you get the sound you want. 
C: And Liam is a very sexy boy! We like to go 
there because we see his butt when he's walk- 
ing with very tight pants! We con see his butt 
and we like it! Especially the drummer, she 
likes it! (Gossip fans: Liam is Fabienne's boy- 
friend). But he's a very sexy man, anyway. We 




like his accent when he says Bonjour! Au revoir! Mes amis! 

We like it when people speak French to us! 

D: Shut up! 

MRR: Dominique, I first knew you as a go-go dancer 

at Fratshacks long before I knew you had a band of 

Irour own (she dances on platforms alongside the 
ikes of Babzotica and Sophie from the Diaboliks at 

Fratshack parties). 

D: It all started when Babz gave me a ring and 
asked would I do it. I'm an ex- 
ballerina, actually — I studied 
it for 12 years. I've always 
enjoyed dancing and being on 
a stage and making a fool of 
myself! 

MRR: (Ayjay and Domin- 
ique swap vocals on 
songs). How do you decide 
which songs you're going 
to sing andwhich ones Do- 
minique will sing? 
A: I often write one and think 
I'm going to sing this one, ana 
then she says, I want to sing it! 
And she has her own way. I 
don't know. It just falls into 
place. Sometimes I female an- 
gle, specifically for her. 
MRR: You can always tell 
when it's going to be a 





Dominique song because it's heralded 
with a blood-curdling scream! 

Ds No it doesn't! You have to do a bit of 
screaming, I think. Ayjay probably doesn't do 
enough of it. 

A: We're actually in the process of learning to 
sing! The next song we're going to do will be a 
duet. Our first. Anawe're act ually going to sing 
it properly. 

C: (Gives his theory). There's something I've got 
to tell you! He always gives Dominique the 
crappest songs! He gives the worst to Domin- 
ique and keeps the easy ones for himself! So 
everyone says, Dominique, she's a bad singer! 
So what do you have to say to that, huh? 
Nothing! 

( This leads to a discussion of how Domi- 
nique's totally feral vocal style, punctu- 
ated by shrieks and devoid of conven- 
tional ideas of femininity, has divided 
opinions). 

D: People have said I can't sing and I don't care. 
MRR: But you're in a garage-punk band! 

Your voice is very punk rock. 

A: People have come up and said she sounds like Siouxsie, but 

that's just because they both have black beehives. 

MRR: You sound more like early Patti Smith. 

D: Wow. That's really a compliment. 

C: (Turning to me). So what do you think of my sexual 

attraction? 

A: No, you don't ask the questions, be asks the questions! 








PUNK 110CK 



SINCE 1994 



n..Ji £IIEIfJm BmiS - nOMSLEMOJHES IH FIFE. AREBECOMIHS 
PRIME MOVERS OH WE SCOJJISH PUHK SCEHE. PLAHHS HELL FOR 
LEATHER SKA/PUHK COMBINED VITH A FRAHTIC-AHD\'ER1FUHH1- LIVE 
SROK. THErYE JUS J PUT OUT THEIR FIRST EP OR FLOTSAM t JETSAM 
RECOROSAHO I CAU6HTUPVITH THEMFORAOUICK IHTERVIEV AFTER AH 
EXTREMEL i SKA T1 HI6HTAT THE TAP O 1 LAURISTOH IH EOIHBURSH. OH 
IEAHAHOTRERE-SFUCKIRSMILLIORSOFTHEM...L1HHE.ROOAHOHQRRI 

CORUMS) WHZ m 6AVIH (6UITARS) - mi (BASS) m mH 

SfMnfcA^H" L AT A ? SE ° AN E ' P " CALLE ° "" S ° AP " GLASGOr ' 

L: BECAUSE THERE'S NO SOAP IN GLASGOW 

R: IT VAS OUR WEEGIE SINGER NORRI'S IDEA. (WEEGIE - GLASWEGIAN- A 

PERSON FROM GLASGOW 

N: 1 0ECI0E0 THAT BECAUSE I GET SO MUCH STICK FOR BEING A GLASWE- 
GIAN LIVING IN EOINBURGH. SO 1 0ECI0E0 THAT IT WAS TIME I TOOK IT ON 
BOARO ANO AOMITTEO I WAS A SOAP OODGING BASTARD 
R: NO. IT'S TOTALLY A JOKE. IT'S. LIKE. GIVING A LITTLE N00 TO OUR 

FRIENOS IN GLASGOW. BUT SOME PEOPLE OION'TTAKE IT AS AJOKEWHICH 
IS A SHAME. 

A: WHO DIDN'T? 

R: ACOUPLE OF PEOPLE IN GLASGOW. IT'S ABIT OF A SHAME BECAUSE IF 

THEY KNEW US THEY'D KNOW IT WAS JUST A JOKE 

N: TO KNOW US IS TO LOVE US, REALLY. 

MRR: SO. 00 YOU LIKE GLASWEGIANS? 

S: NO. I HATE THEM. 

L: I LOVE GLASWEGIANS. 

N: I AM A GLASWEGIAN. 

S: GLASGOW'S ACTUALLY A NICE PLACE. IT'S THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN IT 
I ONCE GOT MY CAR STEREO NICKED IN GLASGOWAND I'VE NEVER FORGIV- 
EN THE FUCKERS. (LAUGHTER) 

MRR: SO YOU'VE NOT HAD ANY REAL PROBLEMS IN GLASGOW FROM THE 
RECORD. I'D KEARD YOU HAD A PROBLEM IN AT A Gl G IN DUNDEE. WAS THAT 
THE ONLY TROUBLE YOU'VE KAO AT A 6IG? 
R: THAT WAS NOT ANYTHING TO 00 WITH THE PUNK SCENE. IT WAS JUST AN 



ISOLATED INCIDENT WITH A CROW FULL OF FOOTBALL CASUALS 

S: WE GOT 50 GIGS WORTH OF VIOLENCE IN ONE NIGHT. I'VE NEVER SEEN 

ANY VIOLENCE AT ANY OF OUR GIGS. AND THEN THIS ONE FILLEO THE 

MRR: HOW DOES THE BAND OEAL WITH VIOLENCE? 

R: RUN AWAY. 

A: HIDE BEHIND THE BAR. WE'RE PACIFISTS 

N: I'M NOT A PACIFIST OKAY. I DON'T WANT TO 00 OOWN AS A PACIFIST 

ALRIGHT? 

S: NORRI OUR SUPERHUMAN STREETFIGHTER WASN'T AT THAT GIG WHO 

KNOWS WHAT WOULO HAVE HAPPENED IF HE HAD BEEN. ONE MORE PERSON 

HIDING IN A CUPBOARD PROBABLY 

NRI: DO YOU THINK YOU CAN TALK PEOPLE OOVN VITH A SENSE OF HUMOUR 

SINCETHEBANO'SKNOWNFORTHEIRHUMOURANDSTAGEANTICS'DOYOU 

THINK YOU CAN DEFUSE SITUATIONS LIKE THAT? 

R: WELL IT EITHER GOES ONE OF TWO WAYS. IT EITHER DEFUSES IT OR IT 

MAKES ITWORSE.THEY EITHER LIKE US ANO THINK WE'RE FUNNY. OR THEY 

OISLIKE US ANO THINK WE'RE ARSEHOLES FOR TRYING TO BE FUNNY IN 

THEIR PUB. WHICH I THINK IS WHAT HAPPENED IN DUNDEE 

S: THEY DION'T LIKE ALL YOUR FOOTBALL CASUALS JOKES THE RIOT 

STARTEDABOUTTHREESONGSIN. 

MRR: LYNNE. WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING THE ONLY FEMALE IN A BAND WITH SIX 

GUYS? 

L: IT'S A FUCKING NIGHTMARE. 

R: IT WOULDN'T BE THE FIRST TIME YOU'VE BEEN WITH SIX GUYS 

MRR: I BELIEVE YOU HAVE A FEMINIST JOKE. 

L: RIGHT. YOU'VE GOT SANTACLAUS.THE PERFECT MAN ANDTHE PERFECT 

WOMAN IN ROOM WITH 50P LYING ON THE FLOOR. WHO PICKS IT UP? 

MRR: I OON'T KNOW. WHO PICKS IT UP? 

L: THE PERFECT WOMAN 'COS THE OTHER TWO DON'T EXIST 

S: SURELY THAT JOKE'S SEXIST. 

L: TOO FUCKING RIGHT IT IS. 

A: JUST OFF ROD. 



ISN'TNICE 
VIBRANT. 



L: THE ONLY SEXIST COMMENTS I'VE EVER HAD HAVE BEEN FROM WOMEN SO THAT 
SAYS SOMETHING. 
MRR: WHAT 00 THEY SAY? 
L: GET YER TITS OUT. 

N: NO. I THINK THAT WAS FOR ME OR ROD. IN FACT. ITHINK IT WAS FOR ROO. 
BUT (GOT MINE OUT. 

MRR:SKINZ.YOUVERERECENTLY ONKOLlQAf INAHERICA.WKATVERE 
YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA? 
S: I MET TIM YOHANNAN ANO TIM WAS VERY NICE. 
MRR: WHAT 00 YOU THINK OF L.A. 
S: IT WAS NICE. 1 HAO A NICE DAY. 
R: NICE? A FUCKING CUP OF TEA'S NICE.ATOWN I 
A TOWN IS VIVIO. ENLIGHTENING. ENRICHING. 
SCARY... 

N: SOMEBODY ONCE SAIO THAT TO ME ABOUT SEX. I VONOER 
IFYQU'VEBEEN SEEING THE SAME GIRLS AS ME ROD. I HAO 
SEX WITH HER ANO I SAIO IT WAS NICE ANO SHE SAIO NICE 
HAS A CUP OF TEA 

S: IT k'AS REALLY WEIRD OVER THERE BECAUSE ALL THE 
PUNKS WERE INTO BANDS LIKE CRASS ANO THE SUBHUMANS 
ANO THE EXPLOITED. 

N:WHEREAS OVER HERE EVERYQNES INTO NOFX, RANCID ANO 
GREEN OAY. ALL THOSE SHIT AMERICAN BANDS. 
R: NORRI. MAYBE YOU WERE SHAGGING A CUP OF TEA. 
MRR:THEBAND'S FAMOUS FOR ITS ANTICS. I HEAROTHAT ONE 
BAND MEMBER VENT HOME WITH A POLICEWOMAN ANO HAO 
SEX WITH THIS POLICEWOMAN? IS THIS TRUE? 
LIT WASN'T ME. 
A: EM-UM- ERH - WELL: AYE. 
S: YOU WERE WEARING AN ANTI-POLICE T- 
SHIRT ANO WHAT HAPPENED? 
A: WELL. SHE SAYS I LI KE Y OU R T- S HlhT. 
SAID THANKS VERY MUCH ANO SHE SAYS. 
GUESS WHAT I DO ANO SHE TOLO ME. 
S: ANO IT OION'T PUT YOU OFF? 
N: HE WAS WEARING A T-SHIRT WITH A 
COP CAR GOING OVER A DOCKSIDE 
ANO SHE SAIO SHE FOUND IT HI- 
LAR- IOUS. SO SCOT- 




TISH POLICE HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOUR. FOR ALL YOU 
AMERICANS. 

R: THAT'S NOT THE ONLY THING SHE FOUND HILARI- 
OUS. EH? 

S: I HEARO SOMEBOOY WROTE SHAME ON YOUR VAN 
AFTER THAT. 

L: DID SHE SHOW YOU HER SIREN? 
A: AYE AYE AYE. HELMET. TRUNCHEON. HANDCUFFS: 
HEARD THEM ALL. 

MRR: 60ING FROM THE POLICE TO POLITICS. 
WHERE OOES THE BANO STAND POLITI- 
CALLY? WHAT 00 YOU THINK OF SCOT- 
TISH INDEPENDENCE FOR EXAM- 
PLE? 
R: WELL I JUST THINK. ANO i*M 
GOINGTOBESERIOUSHERE. 
TKATTHESEOAVS EVERYONE 
IS MOVING TOWARDS ONE- 
NESS. T05ETHERNES S ANO I 
THINK PUTTING UP A BORDER ON 
OUR OWN DOOR STEP IS OUTDATED 
ANO RIDICULOUS. IT'S GOING TO 
CAUSE PSYCOLOGICAL ANO 
PHYSICAL BARRIERS ANO THE LESS 
POLITICIANSTHEREAREINSCOTLANDTHE 
BETTER. 

MRR: ARE YOU PROUOOFBEING SCOTTISH? 
R: IT'S NOT SOMETHING I REALLY THINK 
ABOUT. I LIKE MY COUNTRY. I MEAN 
PARTS OF SCOTLANO 
ARE BEAUTIFUL BUT 
I'MNOT NATIONALIS- 
TIC. 

MRR: HAVE YOU SEEN 
BRAVEKEART? 
R: NO. I HAVEN'T. 
S: I REFUSE TO WATCH 
BRAVEKEART. 
N: I ACTUALLY 



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THGROUGH.LV ENJ0YE0 BRAVEHEAR1. IT m GREAT ALTHOUGH I OON'T 
KNOV KOf MUCH OF II VAB TRUE. BUI I ENJUYEO II. 
A: I LIKED THE BIT ABOUT HIM GETTING OFF f ITH FRENCH PRINCESS OF 
WALES. 

N: AVE. I LIKE A VEE BIT OF ROMANCE IN MY MOVIES. 
A: SHEfAS LOVELY. 

MRR: THE BAND HAS ORESSED UP IN FUNNY CLOTHES. IS THAT A LAST BIO 
TO BET ATTENTION? 

R: AYE. PURE ATTENTION SEEKING. NO. IT STARTED OFFVEVERE PLAYING 
LOAOS OF GIGS IN JEANS ANO T-SHIRTS AND JUST 010 IT INITIALLY TO 
STAND OUT.TO MAKE OURSELVES ABIT OIFFERENTFROMTHE REST OF THE 
BANOSGOINGABOUT.il MAKES IT LOOK LIKE YOU'RE MAKING A BIT OF AN 
EFFORT. ITMAKES IT LOOK LIKE YOU'RE NOT THERE ONLY BECAUSE YOU'VE 
NOTHING BETTER TO 00. 

G: IT'S SOMETHING TO HIOE BEHINO AS VELL. IT MAKES YOU FEEL AS IF 
YOU'RE PART OF A BAND. 

S:WE PLAYED A FREE FESTIVALONCE IN FRONT OFMILLIONS OF CRUSTIES 
ANO VE VERE DRESSED UP IN SHIRTS ANO TIES ANO EVERYONE REMEM- 
BERED US AFTER THAT. 

MRR: ARE THERE ANY FANZINES YOU LIKE IN BRITAIN? 
S: I ONLY REAO FANZINES THAT ARETHREE YEARS OUT OF DATE FROM DEE K 
OF 01 POLLOI. SO I OON'T KNOV ABOUT THE PRESENT MUSIC SCENE. I ONLY 
KNOV ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO. 

N: WE'RE ALL JUST GETTING INTO BANOS LIKE ZOUNOS BECAUSE VE'VE 
BEEN BUYING ZINES FROM DEEK.WETHINK THAT AMEBIX ARE STILL GOING 
ANO ALL THAT. IT'S LIKE 'ARE YOU GOING TO SEE AMEBIX NEXT VEEK?* 
'CHRIST THAT GIG VAS FIVE YEARS AGO!' 
MRR: WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE TV PROGRAMMES? 
N: I LIKE THE SIMPSONS BUT I ONLY GET TO SEE IT VHEN I'M AT SKINZY'S 
HOUSE 'COS HE'S GOT SATELLITE VHICH IS LIKE CABLE. ALTHOUGH HE 
DOESN'T HAVE THE OIRTY CHANNELS. 

S: HE'S GOT SATELLITE VHICH IS LIKE CABLE? IT'S CABLE I'VE GOT. 
N: HE'S GOT CABLE MICH IS LIKE SATELLITE. 
A: I LIKE READY. STEADY. COOK. 

R:REA0Y,STEAOY.C0OK IS LIKE... EXCUSEME.I'MTRYINGTOTALK ABOUT 
REAOY.STEAOY. COOK HERE ANO EVERYONE'S JUST PASSING CIGARETTES 
AROUND. I FEEL SNUBBED BY MY OVN BANO. I'M OBVIOUSLY NOT CONSID- 
ERED INTERESTING ENOUGHTO LISTENTO. 
A: I VANT TO LISTEN TO ROD. 
R: WHAT HAPPENS IS YOU GET TVO CONTESTANTS VHO ARE. LIKE. PAIRED 



UP VITH THESE TOP CHEFS ANO THEY ONLY GET £5 TO SPEND ON IN6RE0I- 
ENTS AND THEY GET 20 MINUTES TOMAKEAMEALAND IT'S FUCKING GREAT. 
N: THERE'S LIGHTS GOING OUT ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ROD. YOU KNOV 
VHAT I MEAN? YOU'RE LOSING THE RATINGS THERE. MAN. 
MRR:WHYD0Y0UTHINKTHEREARESOFEUASSIES(LASSIES:VOMEN)IN 
THE PUNK SCENE. INSTEAD OF LOAOS LIKE IN THE HEAVY METAL SCENE? 
R: I DON'T THINK THAT'S TRUE. LIKE. 

S: NO. I THINK IT IS. THEY ALL SEEM TO BE GIRLFRIENOS OF PUNKS. 
N: IT'S LIKE THEY DON'T REALLY CREATE ANYTHING.THEY'RE JUST THERE. 
IT'S. LIKE. VE HAD THE PUNK CITY MEETING (EUROPEAN CITY OF PUNK 
ROCK) AND THIS GUY TURNED UP ANO HE VAS MOANING THAT THERE VAS SO 
FEk' FEMALES ANO I VAS SAYING EVERYONE VAS VELCOME. LIKE. THEY 
k'ERE INVITED ANO THEY SAID 'OH VEIL COME VEIL COME' ANO THEY 
DON'T COME ANO NEITHER 00 MOST OF THE GUYS EITHER. 
L: DOES ANYBODY ACTUALLY LISTEN TO THE GIRLS? 
N: AYE. WELL. THE THING IS VHEN JANE (NORRI'S GIRLFRIEND) CAME 
ALONG SHE FELT PEOPLE VERE HONEST VITH HER ANO t'HEM SHE HAO A 
SHIT IDEA PEOPLE SAID 'YOU'VE GOT A SHIT IDEA* ANO DIDN'T 60 ALONG 
VITH IT JUST BECAUSE SHE VAS FEMALE. NO-ONE VAS PATRONISING TO 
HER. THE VHOLE THING VAS VEVERE GETTING CLOSE TO THE EVENT VHEN 
THESE GIRLS 1URNE0 UP ANO THE THING VAS IF VEOION'T GET ITTOGETH- 
ERVEVEREALL60INGT0BEFUCKE0. 
S: THERE'S A JOKE IN THERE SOMEfHERE. 
N: THAT'S HOV I ACTUALLY MET JANE EVERYBODY. 
S: I HEARD YOU ONLY ORGANISED THAT TOMEET GIRLS ANO YOU LOST YOUR 
CHERRY OURING THE EUROPEAN CITY OF PUNK ROCK. 
N: I JUST ENJOYED EDINBURGH CITY OF PUNK. 
S: ABIT MORE THAN EVERYBOOY ELSE. PROBABLY. 
R: (SINGING) I VENT TO THE EUROPEAN CITY OF PUNK ROCK. AND THAT'S 
MERE 1 60T MY CHERRY POPPED. 

MRR: BRITAIN'S NOTORIOUS FOR BAND'S GETTING RIPPED OFF BY PRO- 
MOTER'S ANO VENUES. HOV 00 YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? 
R: IT QEPENOS VHERE YOU GO. IF YOU'RE PLAYING AT A VENUE LIKE THE 1 
IN 12 CLUB IN BRAOFORO VHICH CATERS FOR THE PUNK MUSIC SCENE 
THEN YOU'RE GOING TO GET TREATED FINE. IT'S VHEN YOU GO TO VENUES 
THAT ARE JUST LOOKING FOR ANY BAND AND ARE MORE INTERESTED IN 
MAKING MONEY. THEN YOU CAN GET PROBLEMS. 
MRR: YOU BILL YOURSELVES AS THE BEASTS OF BUCKFAST. COULO YOU 
TELLUSVKATBUCKFASTIS? 
R: IT'S FUCKING VINE. OEAOGOOO VINE. IT'S GOT LOAOS OFCHEMICALS IN 





IT- PROB- 
ABLY NUCLEAR IfASTE AMQ THAT. BUT 
ITOQESTHEJOB. 
HRR: WHERE OIU THE NAME THE NEVTOVN GRUNTS COME FROM? 
A: GLENROTHES IS A NEVTOVN. 

R: WE'RE CALLED THE MEVTOVM GRUNTS 'COS IT'S COOL AS FUCK. 
A: IT'S ALL GREY. SIXTIES HOUSING SCHEMES ANO VE'RETHE GRUNTS ANO 
FACELESS NOBOOYS WHO LIVE IN A PLACE LIKE THAT. THE LONELY PEO- 
PLE QUEUEING UP TO OIE. 'TILL WE STARTED LETTING WEEGIES AND 
EOINBURGHBASTAROSJOIN. 

MRR: SO. MAT 00 YOU THINK IT NOV TAKES TO BE A NEVTOVN GRUNT? 
R: IF YOU VANT TO JOIN THE NEVTOVN GRUNTS THERE'S AN INITIATION 
CEREMONY INVOLVED. INVOLVING CANDLES AND BANANAS ANO THINGS 
LIKE THAT. SO ANYONE COULO BE A NEVTOVN GRUNT BUT MEN THEY FIND 
OUT MATS COMING THEY MAYBE DON'T GO FOR IT. 
S: I THINK EVERYBODY HAS BECOME A NEVTOWN GRUNT ANO WE CAN'T ALL 
GET IN THE VAN NOV. EVERYBODY I KNOW IS NOV IN THE BAND. 
R: IT'S TRUE TO SAY VE'RE THE BIGGEST BANO IN SCOTLANO. THERE'S 
FUCKING LOAOS OF US. (GROANS ALL ROUND) 
MRR: DO YOU FEEL THAT ISSUES LIKE CLASS ARE IMPORTANT? 
L: DEPENDS ON MAT CLASS YOU THINK YOU ARE. 
N: I LIKE CLASS WAR ANO I THINK THAT I'MVORKING CLASS. I THINK THAT 
YOU GET PEOPLE OF ALL CLASSES THAT ARE GOOD OR BAD. THERE'S GOOD 
PEOPLE. THERE'S BAD PEOPLE. I SEE IT AS BEING THREE CLASSES. THE 
CLEVER CLASS.THE STUPID CLASS ANOTHERULING CLASS MOKEEPTHE 
STUPID CLASS STUPIO. THAT'S THE WAY IT IS I THINK. I DON'T THINK YOU 
GET VERY FAR TORCHING SOMEONE'S CAR BUTTHEN IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL 
BETTER THEN GO FOR IT. 
S: JUST DON'T GO FOR RED ESCORTS. 
HRR: WHAT 00 YOU THINK OF THE SEX PISTOLS REF0RMIN6? 
A: BOLLOCKS. IT'S A RIP-OFF. IT'S £25 FOR A FUCKING TICKET. THEY'RE 
NOT EVEN PRETENDING IT'S NOT A RIP-OFF. THEY THINK RIP-OFFS ARE 
NOSTALGIC OR SOMETHING. 

S: I THINK IT'S VERY SAO THAT EVERY PUNK BANO THAT'S EVER BEEN IS 
NOV STILL GOING. EVERY PUNK BAND HAS REFORMEO ANO THEY ARE ALL 
MIDDLE AGED MEN. JUST IN IT FOR THE CASH. 
R: THAT'S AGEIST. 

S: WELL. SPEAKING AS A MIOOLE AGED MAN MYSELF... 
MRR: YOU'VE JUST TURNED 30. SKIN2. HOV OOES THAT FEEL? 
S: GREAT. 

MRR: WHO'S THE YOUNGEST IN THE BANO? 
R: PAUL IS. 

N: U YEARS OLO HE IS. SKINZ FOUNO HIM IN A RAILWAY STATION IN 
LONOON. (LAUGHTER) 
MRR: HAVE YOU VENTURED ABROAO YET? 

N: NO. NOT YET. WE'VE BEEN OFFERED GIGS ALL OVER EUROPE BUT IT'S 
HARD BECAUSE SO MANY OF THE BANO WORK (PAUSE) IN THE FILM BUSI- 
NESS BEING EXTRAS OR BOOYOOUBLES. BUT VEtlLL MAKE IT EVENTUAL- 
LY. 

R: WE It'ERE SUPPOSED TO GO LAST SUMMER TO AUSTRIA. GERMANY. 
FRANCE AND CZECH REPUBLIC BUT OUR VAN BLEV UP IN THE HIGHLANDS 
OF SCOTLANO ANO IT VAS SHITE ANO SO VE COULON'T GO. 



S: OUR OOOGY VAN IS OUR BIGGEST PROBLEM- FOLLOVEO BY OUR DODGY 
DRIVER. 

R: FOLLOVEO BY OUR DODGY RHYTHYM SECTION. 
A: YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM'S GOING TO BE HAVING NO VAN AT ALL. 
MRR: HAS THE BANO EVER MADE ANY MONEY? 
S: YES. BUT IT'S ALL GONE TO THE VAN. 
A: THAT'S SHITE. 

S: ALL THE BAND'S FUNDS HAVE GONE TO A VOLKSWAGEN GARAGE IN 
KIRKCALDY TO KEEP OUR RIDICULOUS VAN ON THE ROAO. 
A: I PAID 060 OUT OF MY OVN POCKET TO FIX THAT VAN LAST VEEK. 
MRR: DO YOU LIKE PLAYING BENEFIT GIGS? 
N: THE THING ABOUT BENEFIT GIGS IS THAT VEVOULO SAY IF ANYONE IS 
PUTTING ONE ON. PLEASE TRY ANO MAKE SURE YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE 
ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY THE BAND ENOUGH FOR THEM TO GET HOME. BE- 
CAUSE THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES VE'VE TURNEO UP TO 00 A BENEFIT. 
MICH VE ENJOY OOING AND VE VOULD LIKE THE MONEY TO GO TO THE 
CAUSE BUT IF VE'RE GETTING £10 ANO IT'S COST US £20 TO GET THERE 
THEN THAT'S NOT ON. 

R:AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED GIGS ARE A NIGHT OUT ANO I LOVE PLAYING 
THEM. BUT YOU OON'T VANT TO BE LOSING MONEY. I MEAN YOU DON'T MIND 
LOSING YOUR DR I NK IN G MONEY 'COS THAT'S MAT IT'S FOR.BUT YOU OON'T 
VANTTOHAVETO PUT MONEY OUT OF YOUR OVN POC KET JUST TO GET THERE. 
N:l'0 SAY THAT PLAYING GIGS IS TKEMOST IMPORTANT THING TO THE BANO 
RATHER THE RECORDING ANO RELEASING RECOROS. I THINK VE'VE REA- 
LISED THAT BECAUSE THERE'S SEVEN OF US WE'RE NEVER GOING TO MAKE 
MUCH MONEY OUT OF THIS EVER. SO IT'S ALL ABOUT MEETING AS MANY 
PEOPLE ANO GETTING DRUNK ViTH AS MANY PEOPLE ANO SEEING AS MANY 
PLACES AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. 

MRR: ANO FINALLY. ROO. YOU HAVE A REPUTATION FOR L0SIN6 YOUR 
TROUSERS ON STAGE. 00 YOU VANT TO TELL US ABOUT IT? 
R:NO. 

N: I READ RECENTLY IN A MAGAZINE THAT A GIRLTURNEO ON ALIGHT MEN 
YOU VERE MAKING LOVE ANO SHE THOUGHT SHE VAS IN ANCIENT EGYPT 
'COS YOUR COCK VAS SHAPED LIKE A PYRAMID. 
L: THAT'S TOTALLY TRUE. ROO.'COS I'VE SEEN LOAOS OF COCKS 'COS I'M 

R:AYE.YOUMEAN.'l'VE SEEN LOAOS OF COCKS 'COS I'M A SLU1.'(LAUGH- 
TER) 

N: ME ANO LYNNE BOTH VORK IN HOSPITALS. 
L: I'VE SEEN MORE COCKS THAN YOU'VE HAO HOT OINNERS. 
N: ME ANO LYNNE HAVE BOTH SEEN OUR FAIR SHARE OF VAGINAS ANO 
PENISES.BUT NEITHER OFUS HAVE EVER ANYTHING QUITE LIKEVHAT ROO 
HAS BENEATH HIS YELLOVY Y-FRONTS. 
S: IT'S THE BAND'S SECRET WEAPON. 

N: ITS LIKE. YOU KNOVTHERE'S ALLTHAT STUFF COMING OUT NOW ABOUT 
THE PYRAMIDS POINTING TOTHE STARS. VELLTHE PYRAMIOS VERE ACTU- 
ALLY CON1RUCTE0 AS A FOREVARNING OF ROOOY. IT VAS ANCIENT PEO- 
PLES' VAY OF TELLING US THAT ONE DAY PYRAMID COCK VOULD BE 
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Seeing the rapid increase of bands makes 
people feel very promising to the Japanese 
punk world. However there's a sad fact the 
number of all-girl-bands is decreasing. I 
think there are only a hand full of them that 
exist now. The society is making up the rules 
against female bands, who need tn nave a very 
strung will tn survive within the wnrld of punk. 
Among those girls. Sink is one who started in 
'34 from Tokyo and Bra still active today. They 
haven't been swept away with the change or 
the surrounding sounds. Their consistent 
attitude toward their sound creates a power- 
ful performance which might blow away all 
the other bands. Their sharp tension on stage 
overwhelms the audiences. Because they are 
girls, it doesn't mean they flatter guys. Their 

Berfnrmance characteristics makes it "cool." 
lit since their rehearsal places 
are limited to the Tokyo area. I bet 
many people ere still unaware of 
their existence. I tried to interview 
about their perspective, thoughts 
about various scenes, and other 
stuff, but onrv Yuki (Vocals) could 
make it for the interview. Our conversation 
went as if we were having a personal irrter- 
Akira Takeuchi 



MRR:0kay.so 
who are the 
members? 
Y: Nougan is a 
guitar player, 
Fumio-chang 
is bass. Tone- 
chang is a 
drummer, 
and the Vocal 
is me, Yuki. 
How did 



own. Basically we were working 

Bretty hard. 
IRR: There were some other 
bands around in '94. right? 
Y: Like Saia. I don't really know 
about back then, but there were 
lots of bands between the serious 
and just-gathered-together 
bands. I guess we were one. 
too. ..As a matter of fact, lots of 
bands were breaking up, too. 
MRR: I guess those incomplete 
bands were fading out... 
Y: Not only the all-girl-bands, 
also the whole scene was settling 
down. 
MRR: So. you girls were being 



view 



you guys meet 
originally? 
Y: Well, they 
put an ad in a 
magazine. 
Before I 
joined, only the three of them were playiog. I was a 
friend of the drum player. She asked me to join in. 
Their deal for me to join the bands was if I would like 
the first rehearsal. I don't recall saying to them that 
I liked their performance. ..but that's how I got in. 
At the after party, they were toasting for a "new 
member," then I thought "I guess I'm in..." (laugh- 
ter) 

MRR: Until then you never played in a band? 
Y: Nope. Not at all. My friends were 
playing with bands. I felt like "let them do 
that." 

HRR: When did you join the bam 
Y: In '94. 

MRR: And when was the first single 
released? 

Y: Dec'94. The same year. 
MRR: Wow that was fast. So. it was less 
than a year before the single release. 
Y: They already had so 
done before I joined. Al 
I started, it was prettj 
done. 

MRR: How was the activity back 
then? 

Y: Back then, we werE working 
on booking — if wee heard of any sort of 
"stage performance," we would go. Then 
after awhile, we started planning our 



girls 'cause it was farmed during 
that period. 

Y: I personally don't have any 
strong opinion about it.. .maybe in 
my mind. I don't care if other 
members take care of that kind of 
thing. If I feel good, it doesn't 
matter male or female. But when 
people heard about an all-girl- 
band, they stereotype it with the 
usual "girl" sound. And they don't 
really care. It's hard to be fresh 
about souod, and I didn't want it 
to be stereotypical, I wanted to 
play with my particular way, 
something an all-girl-band didn't 
have. 

MRR: Well. Japanese people tend 
to draw lines between male and 
female, so you probably had some 




experiences 
when you felt 
small and 
' ImHed? 

[Y: No— not 
'really. Maybe 
because 
don't really 
care about 
other people, 
but I never 
hat way. 





look at 
the over a 
result, I think 




donh 
want to ana- 
lyze how 
came 

this we 
Conversely 
don't real! 
stuff. 
HRR: _ 
started? 

Y: At the beginning, when we were dning mostly 
booking, we didn't really get any special respons- 
es. Some of the audience liked us, and they invited 
us tn their shows and that's how we got started. 
HRR: So. the audience side had kind of fresh (new) 
feelings about you girls. 

Y: I think people thought "Girl's band don't usually 
sound like this." 

HRR: Why did you choose Hardcore? 
Y: Simply 'cause I like this sound. I like the sound more 
than delivering messages. Every band has different 
messages, it could be personal excuse, but in any 
case, the sound comes first, and then the messages. 
I don't need those ruled and biased messages. 
HRR: For example, what land of things are you 



Y:(laughs) Lots of different things. Coold be something 
I feel in everyday life, anger from extreme stupidity, 
rebelling feeling within myself. When a song is done. 
I listen to it, and I match the lyrics with the feelings 
I get from the songs... something like that.. .the 
important thing is to express my feelings and style. 
HRR: There are lots of vocalists who yell rather than 
sing. 

Y: If I don't have the need of feeling that I want to 
deliver messages, I don't consent with myself. That's 
why I don't just sing vaguely. Sometimes those 
inspirations make me cry. Actually. I get tears in my 

aes on stage sometimes. 
IR: But. the release was two years ago. Usually the 
songs become done since then. I suppose for the 
audiences, they can recognize most of the parts. 
Y: Those songs.. .perhaps it's hard to remember, tears 



don't come out so easily (laughs) 
HRR: So they're very complicated songs? 
Y: Not at all (laughs). The song. I can't 
make one these days (laughs). Yuu know, 
today, some bands just release albums one 
after another. I don't disagree with it. but 
we have our speed. We are just taking our 
time. We don't want to rush the albums, 
and have it done with no meanings. If that's 
the case. I don't care if we're late, but I 
want something I can be satisfied 
with. Df course, we feel we want to 
release another one, but we just 
don't want to push ourselves. 
HRR: So you spend more time doing 
shows? 

Y: Yeah, many hours. That's why we 
don't feel that it's been a long time 
since the first albom. We wanna 
keep playing on a live stage. 
HRR: So. it's not because you 
haven't had time to really search for 
the sound. 
Y: Df course not. We perform and practice regularly. You 
know that the single even has some things not satisfying, 
we can't even make that song satisfactory. I want to 
overcome that and do even better. 
HRR: In the past two years, has anything changed 
musically? 

Y: Mmmm — maybe to a little wider range. Each 
member is able to express themselves more, maybe — 
maybe not. (laughs) 
HRR: What about touring? 

Y: Df course if we get an opportunity, yeah, like being 
invited by the result of our record, or we make plans 
ourselves. 

HRR: Have you gone on a trip lately? 
Y: Yeah, yeah. We went to Kochi for a live performance 
last week. That was great. Wonderful food, beautiful 
sights and the place where we did the show was non- 
alcoholic, so the elementary and junior high kids were 
all over the place. Surprisingly, elementary school kids 
were getting high with hardcore. It felt good. I was 
drinking a beer when I was watching the other band, 
and I got caught. Oops! (laughs) 
HRR: Are other bands you do shows with mostly 
hardcore? 

Y: Yah. I guess. Hardcore has different categories. In 
uor case, we are not particular about one category. 
We mix Crust-cure or Jap-core. When I play, I want 
to make people feel "got to go see Sink." 
HRR: What about those new melo-core stuff? 
Y: I listen to melo-core. Bad Religion, the greatest. I 
listen to Green Day and Rancid. I don't criticize melo- 
core, and I don't understand everything they say 
anyway. That is another category, and being popular 
like those guys has something good in it. that's why 
it's popular. I listen to them first and decide if I like 
them or not. 

HRR: You don't really care about being major? 
Y: Those major bands have their good parts also, so 



I wanna go flexible about it. You might 
say that it's not punk, but I don't think 
sticking with just punk doesn't make you 
a real punk. I don't like the idea of "do 
what others are doing," you know. 
HRR: Foreign bands lib to care about 
Japanese girl bands. What do you think 
about that? 

Y: I like it a lot. I get letters, sometimes 
I send them our live tapes. Fur them, all- 
girl-bands are unusual, so we get extra 
support from them. Compared to other 
couotries. we have more girl bands in 
any category. Within a small country like 
Japan, there are far more 
girl bands than any other 
places. 

HRR: Amm...what was the 
question? Okay, so defi- 
nitely there are lots of fe- 
male bands. That's why you 
wanted to draw a line be- 
tween others and go in the 
other direction. What do 

Eiu think is missing from 
male bands? 
Y: If I say about my band, it's power... I 
think. That obvious. I have to admit that 
somewhere, guys come first, then 
girls.. .it's kind of automatic. 
HRR: Well, we gotta wrap this up now. 
Y: To the people out there, if you send us 
letters. I will write you back. 
HRR: Any releases coming? 
Y: There is going to be a compilation 
called "Japan Core." It's a Japanese 
female-only groups' omnibus. Those 
songs are far better than our first single. 
But our song is the last song.. .the album 
probably coold end without people lis- 
tening to ours.. .(laughs) 

You can reach Sink at Yuki Mi- 
ma. 1-5-9 Shibakubo. Tanashi, Tokyo 
188, Japan. 





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Im set to tear through the Ohio scene with a 
dustpan and broom. But its so full of cobwebs I 
can't even see straight. Nobody, it seems, has looked 
at Ohio for what it's truly given us a handful of touqh 
bands and a load of arty rubbish. Its like the praise 
began 20 years ago, piles upon piles of it, and the 
place hasn t been dusted since then 

Till now. First, a quote from Cleveland mainstay 
and Pere Ubu frontman David Thomas. His philoso- 
phy of playing in a band was Nobody likes us no- 
body s ever gonna like us and nobody is ever 
gonna know what we do." Sounds punk 
enough to me. Unfortunately, a lot 
of the early Ohio bands, while they 
might have believed Thomas' sen- 
timents about their careers, took 
a turn toward Captain Beefheart, 
Zappa and free jazz, rather 
than rock-and-roll corner- 
stones like Jerry Lee or Link 
Wray. You see the same kind 
of undercurrent in the ear- 
ly Detroit scene, with its 
communal bowing to Sun Ra 
and Coltrane. Like, what 
gives? Why does this de- 
tached art-noise hold 



such power over our 
Midwestern friends? 
Maybe it's in the wa- 
ter. 

Regardless, it 
infested Ohio (par- 
ticularly Cleveland), 
and you'll hear huge 
doses of meandering artis 
tic intentions if you wade through 
enough so-called pioneering Ohio rock 
So, out with the cobwebs. I declare Let's 
stop this unending praise of Cleveland as an 
early 70s punk spawning ground. They ve got the 
Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame, after all. and I think that s 
punishment enough One thing about Ohio, as youll 
see, is that the early scene must ve been so small 
that it became a jumbled web of personnel switch- 
ing between bands. So take all my group listinqs 
with a grain of salt. The actual lineups at any qiven 
moment are lost to time 

Let's kick off with my fave. the Raspberries 



They evolved partly out of the Choir, a way-talent- 
ed 1960s group that contained at one point Wally 
Bryson (guitar), Jim Bonf anti (drums) and Dave Smal- 
ley (bass). The Choir began life as the Mods and 
soon upended everyone s expectations of what a 
teen band could accomplish with their first single 
Its Cold Outside," a gorgeous piece of distilled 
pop The Choir continued until 1970, or so remain- 
ing big local draws. But I don't hear anyone boast- 
,n 9 to ° much about these later mustachioed years. 
After a good deal of band-member swapping the 
three Choir boys I mentioned found themselves 
led by vocalist and songwriter Eric Carmen From 
1972-74, they released four albums the Rasp- 
berries a self-titled debut, Fresh, Side 
Three and Starting Over (this last 
one with replacements for 
Bonfanti and Smalley). 
They had hits and 
all that, but their 
importancelies in 
their brilliant power 
pop creations. How 
could top 40 music 
sound so rich and ball- 
sy, flared-out young 
girls must have asked at 
the time? I wish I had 
their answer. You may 
hate the term, I sure do, 
but power pop of this mag- 
nitude could be as crunchy 
and raw as any early '70s 
music. 

Devo were from Akron. And 
they're as hard to pigeon-hole 
as ever, sort of transcending 
the punk world while somehow ma- 
nipulating it at the same time 
Members Mark and Bob Mothers- 
baugh, Jerry and Bob Casale and 
drummer Alan Myers first gigged in 
late-1973, cut demos in early 1974. This in itself 
amazes. How did these guys create such alienated 
wackiness at the peak of the Zep/Nugent years? 
Forget Whip It" and those flowerpot hats Devo 
should be universally recognized as punk for hunker- 
ing down in a sleepy Akron basement and writinq 
twisted tunes like Jocko Homo" while the rest of us 




were wearing burlap moccasins and hibernating in 
fucking tents By 1976, Devo had perfected a com- 
pletely cool, danceable sound and began playinq 
out. Two indie 45s appeared in 1977 on their Boon 
Boy label: Jocko Homo b/w Mongoloid and Satisfac- 
tion b/w Sloppy. A major label signing was in- 
evitable First their Uncontrollable Urge 
b/w Satisfaction 45 (1978X Then the 
bombshell. The album Q. Are We 
Not Men? A: We Are Devo! 
produced by Brian Eno 
and featuring recut 
versions of their ear- 
lier 45s. It remains 
cooler than anything re- 
leased in 1978. The damn 
thing practically created 
New Wave, and it's still a 
masterpiece. It was also 
untoppable. The second al- 
bum, Duty Now For The Future 
(1979) had the ironic "Devo Cor- 
porate Anthem" and "Block- 
head.'' But MTV ruined the band 
with overexposure to squares 
"Whip It" off their third album, 
Freedom of Choice (1980), signaled 
the end. How could you like a band 
that had T-shirts for sale at Caldor? 
As proof the band didn't know when 
to quit, they scored the theme to the 
Ackroyd torpedo Dr. Detroit in 1983, fill- 
ing out the decade with club mixes of 
straight dance pop. Devo's official home page, Mu- 
tato Muzika, is a nice place to browse and recollect. 
On to the triumvirate of Cleveland punk gods 
or so they're called: Mirrors, Elec- 

tric Eels and Rocket From The 
Tombs. Mirrors were about the 
first Cleveland band to grab 
hold of the Velvet Under- 
ground influence and twist it 
into a new. exciting vision. 
They formed in 1971 pretty 
early considering the Vel- 
vets' grave was barely cold. 
At some point, they fea- 
tured Jamie Klimek (vocals), 
Jim Crook (guitar), Michael 
Weldon (drums), Craig Bell 
then Jim Jones (bass) and 
Paul Marotta. A good 
amount of demos from 
1973-75 show Mirrors 
awash in hot guitar 
flashes worthy of any 
punk unit But frankly 
I don't hear the bril- 
liance. Maybe you will. 
The band ended in 
mid-1975, after 
formidable years 
of hard gigs Klimek and 
Marotta also performed in the Sty 
renes You know Michael Weldon, of course, 
as the brains behind Psychotronic Magazine and 
books. 

The Electric Eels are somewhat more interest- 
ing, beginning in 1972, spending 1973 and 74 in Co- 





lumbus, and breaking up in May, 1975. What's cool is 
their supposed inability to hold down regular gigs 
what with band members beating each other up 
and their flagrant use of violent cacoph- 
ony on stage .including revving up pow- 
er lawnmowers before a stunned au- 
dience. Their classic lineup consist- 
ed of Dave E. McManus (vocals), John 
Morton (guitar), Brian McMahon (gui- 
tar) and Paul Marotta of Mirrors 
(synth, guitar). The Eels were dru- 
merless for much of their ca- 
reer, although Nick Knox beat 
the cans for a spell before re- 
surfacing in the Cramps The 
meager amount of Eels re- 
cordings on the shelves 
shows flashes of a cool 
concept that bogged 
down in infighting. May- 
be if more material 
(even a live video) was 
available I could sup- 
port the legend 
more. 

Of the three, 
Rocket From The Tombs 
makes the easiest case for you 
to like (or at least appreciate) them. 
They had lots of members, but the clas- 
sic lineup was David Thomas (vocals), Peter 
Laughner (guitar), Johnny Madansky (drums) Craig 
Bell from Mirrors (bass), and Gene OConnor (gui- 
tar). Thomas apparently began Rocket as a rock- 
and-roll spoof group, kind of an ironic Zappa-like 
combo Instead, Peter Laughner, a considerable local 
talent who was central to most of the town's cool 
moves, joined the band and transformed it into a 
bullet-hard rock group. Rocket only lasted 
from June 1974 to July 1975. But in 
that time, they recorded two 
radio shows and some 
demos, most of 
which are fiery raw. 
In fact, when they 
split up, they direct- 
ly begat both Pere 
Ubu and Frankenstein 
(the Dead Boys with ev- 
erything but that name). 
Rocket s songs, then, 
were a mixture of tunes 
that those groups would 
popularize: Pere Ubu lat- 
er got "30 Seconds Over 
Tokyo." Life Stinks and "Fi- 
nal Solution." while the Dead 
Boys took "Down In Flames," 
"What Love Is," "Ain't It Fun," 
"Sonic Reducer" and an early 
"Caught With The Meat In 
Your Mouth." Tremendous in- 
fighting topped with ego- 
clashing doomed Rocket From 
The Tombs. The inner pressure 
must ve been intense, judging 
solely on the musical styles that 
came from Rocket's offspring bands. Can you imag- 
ine Stiv Bators (who briefly sang lead in Rocket) hav- 



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ing anything in common with Mr. Serious, David Tho- 
mas? 

So, from the ashes of Rocket came two wildly 
different bands Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys. Pere 
Ubu was founded by David Thomas (vocals) and Pe- 
ter Laughner (guitar). Its earliest lineup also in- 
cluded Tim Wright (bass), Scott Krauss (drums), Tom 
Herman (guitar) and Allen Ravenstine (synth), who was 
replaced by Dave Taylor. Ubu was named after a 
character in the French absurdist plays of Alfred 
Jarry. (That's strike one, by the way.) And before 
the specter of artfulness engulfed them, they man- 
aged two powerful singles, both on Thomas Hearthan 
label The first was "50 Seconds Over Tokyo" b/w 
"Heart of Darkness" in 1975, followed in 1976 by "Fi- 
nal Solution" b/w "Cloud 149." I hear unwanted strains 
of Joy Division in there, however, arguing that these 
four songs aren't good is pointless. Fact is, they're 
dense garage chaos, probably as influential as 
any 1970s songs bar none. By Ubu s first al- 
bum, The Modern Dance, in 1978, they 
were positively too oblique to call 
punk. Laughner was long gone by 
then. Thomas' influence nad 
taken over. They remain to 
this day a challenge. I, 
however, have no 
patience. Before 
sliding into hard 
drugs and psy- 
chosis, Peter 
Laughner went to 
New York City in spring 

1976, after leaving Ubu. 
He started a band called 
Friction with Tony Mai- 
mone (bass) and Anton Fier 
(drums), wrote some more 
for Creem, and died in 1977, 
age 24. 

The more rock-and-roll ori- 
ented members of Rocket From 
The Tombs became the Dead Boys 
after briefly calling themselves 
Frankenstein in late 1975. With Stiv 
Bators (vocals), Cheetah "Gene 
O'Connor" Chrome (guitar), Johnny 
"Madansky" Blitz (drums), Jimmy Zero 
(guitar) and Jeff Magnum (bass), the band 
traveled to New York City in early 1976, becoming a 
CBGB staple early on. They signed to Sire in early 

1977, with two flop albums the result: Young, Loud 
and Snotty (1977) and We Have Come for Your Chil- 
dren (1978). We all know, of course, that the Dead 
Boys were the ultimate, over-the-top punk band of 
the 1970s. Interestingly, for all the Ohio scene's 
artistic leanings, its most cartoon group rose above 
the pack as the most beloved punks. 

Ohio Discography 
Stiv Bators: Bomp! has a slew of Bators material 
available. Best, I think, is his 1980 solo LP, Discon- 
nected, which is out as either a 10-inch or CD (with 
bonus cuts). Also showing Bators' solid pop roots is 
Bomp! s LA., LA. 10-inch/CD, which digs up late-peri- 
od unreleased cuts that bury his Lords of the New 
Church fiasco 

The Choir: Choir Practice (Sundazed, 1994). This col- 
lects nearly everything you need by these pop 
maestros, including "It's Cold Outside. 45 cuts and 




home demos. The roots of the Raspberries and 

appropriately stellar. 

Dead Boys: Young Loud and Snotty (Sire, 1977) and 

We Have Come For Your Children (Sire, 1978) remain 

the best examples of these clowns Completists 

might want Night of the Living Dead Boys, a live 1977 

show at CBGB (Bomp!). 

Devo: Apart from hunting down their first two sin- 

?les, you should not bypass Hardcore Devo Volume 
and 2 (Ryko, 1990-91). This label is unfortunately 
now the House of Zappa, but they delivered great 
CD collections at one point, these being two fine 
examples. The band's earliest, most baffling home 
demos are on board. Also: Devo Live - The Mongol- 
oid Years (Ryko, 1992) has crunchy 1975-77 radio 
and live cuts. 

Electric Eels The charming God Says Fuck You 
comp (Homestead) of 1975 recordings is 
about the only thing half-obtainable by 
these guys. Still, I say it's mostly art- 
house noise. Hear it for yourself. This 
updates the vinyl-only Having A Philo- 
sophical Investigation With album (Tin- 
nitus, 1989) with better sound, natch. 
Good luck findinq their Agitated b/ 
w Cyclotron 45 (Rough Trade, 1978). 
Frankenstein: This is more like it, 
a greasy 1975 rehearsal set by 
an early Dead Boys, with Pete 
Laughner on cowbell Three 
tunes on a mini-CD (Hell 
Yeah, 1996). 
Peter Laughner: Sadly, 
the only easy-to-get 
material from Laugh- 
ner is Take The Gui- 
tar Player For A 
Ride (Tim/Kerr, 
1994), a cross-section 
of his career with too 
much folk for my taste. 
Mirrors: Demos abound on boot- 
legs. I'm aware of one official release, 
the "She Smiled Wild" b/w "Shirley" 45 on 
David Thomas' Hearthan label. It's more 
screech than rock-and-roll to these ears. Birth- 
day Party fans will like it. 

Pagans: The Buried Alive compilation (Treehouse, 
1986) has early singles and outtakes from this tor- 
rid band, "Deadend America" a notable loser an- 
them. You'll also never hear Cole Porter the same 
again once you ve spun What Is This Shit Called 
Love?" 

Pere Ubu: I think Terminal Tower (Twin Tone, 1985) 
rounds up the early Ubu 45s, but ask before you 
buy, cause I have the originals and not this collec- 
tion. There's also a box set reissue of the first 4 
7"s that came out a year or so ago on Tim Kerr. 
Tape supposedly exists of Ubu s "first rehearsal. 
This would be a tremendous treat if true. 
The Raspberries: A Capital Collectors Series CD 
rounds up their highpoints for a cheap price, but 
I've recently seen ads for their four albums on two 
reissue CDs. These are well worth the 15 clams 
apiece, as no powerpop ever reached such heights. 
Rocket From The Tombs The Life Stinks LP (Jack 
Slack, 1990) has radio tunes and demos. There are 
probably numerous boots around, too. For all the 
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The Sub "Jimmy Jazz 

106 pages ■ $n 

Incommunicado • POB 99090 • San Diego • CA • 92169 

The Halcyon Days, folks, shit the bed years ago 
With a mere three and a half years to the end of 
the millennium, our epiphanies come from the 
rubble of a somewhat Orwellian era wherein, as 
we fix our best words for The Man (John Law 
Inc.) and shine the asses of millionaires under 
the contemptible strain of maintaining the 
goddamn paycheck. This is America; a rectum 
committee more aligned with the commission of 
safety valves than the deadly sin of originality. 
I can jack off this theory for days, but this is a book review 
not a soap box, right? 

Right. But a guy I'd like to call a friend knows exactly what I 
mean. He's Jimmy Jazz, and when he isn't perplexing me with neo 
kerouacian blather he's eliciting the real deal: 

"I never wanted to be the preacher of the establishment... I 
just wanted to turn a few kids on to the ultimate jazz of life. I wanted 
them to listen, I mean hear with feeling a few of my favorite lines of 
poetry. 1 wanted to play a cool tune and watch their toes tap, and get 
them questioning Socrates. I wanted to see one kid kill her television." 
A veritable catalog, indeed, one from which there rises an 
intelligence trying to affect some reason into the face of a chaotic] 
midden otherwise known as the California Education System. Jazz gives 
a damn, and it's a refreshing thing to know that there are still people 
willing to look beyond the facade of a crumbling, apathetic society 
bent on its own ability to kill itself. Inject this into a few young minds 
and watch the buggy rock. It's that simple... and difficult. 

Time and again Jazz gives us the discouraging signs of waste, 
i.e. the crack baby in a Special Education class who mimics a bus, right 
on down to the sound of the air brakes. There are the ones with 
pacifiers trying to rip off video equipment. And don't forget those 
who are strapped. 

"I know that these kids don't make it." 
In the meantime he waits for a phone call from a fucking 
computer which directs him to his next assignment. These assignments 
in turn, become identical farces, each seemingly feeding off the next 
Here, Jazz elicits some kind of disillusion and slight regret for his 
chosen career. If it's not a class full of blameless half-wits, it's the sad 
sack assemblage of a school's staff. His depictions of the latter are 
highly pointed jabs that will leave you busting a gut either in shame 
or in answer to all those curious vagaries you once felt in regard to 
the inner sanctity of the staff lounge. In any case, it intimates you 
with the sheer flatulence and ineptitude of the defeated. You want 
the animus of society? Let Jazz take you through the operatives of the 
open hallways to the inner workings of a detention center's overload 
and you got it. 

As 1 mentioned earlier, Jazz's penchant for the Kerouac drool 
is maddening. In his words at one point, he chastises himself for, 

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"...becoming a writer rather than a rider, which strikes (him) as false..." 
I see the point, but still there are certain passages which, to me, morph 
in and out of fluid, clear writing because of barriers like, " You schmoo, 
hoo doo voodoo guru of new glue spew queuing to chew blue jews 
doo doo." 

Here's another gem: 

"Deep in our hour the elevator shafted stuck with rang jangling 
alarm scramble of granite panic slate of emergency." 

There's plenty more of these sentiments that pour out of the 
joint like aberrant boils on a supermodel's ass. I don't really get it, and 
perhaps I should open up a bit, but it's this type of questionable shit 
that could ultimately refute the legitimacy of the subject and the book 
itself. If you contain the visceral with stark, no-holds-barred clarity the 
real deal can't be abstracted and thus left to a warbling covey of lines. 

But then again, he's the teacher, and The Sub will no doubt 
move you It can't be helped. Jazz is coming at you from the belly of 
one of our more sordid beasts and he's doing it with a sincerity that 
remembers the heart. I applaud him. — PC. Simonelli 

Gobbing Pogoing and Gratuitous Bad Language: An Anthology of 

Punk Short Stories • complied by Robert Dellar 

159 pages • Si 1 

Spare Change Books • Box 26 • 136-138 Kingsland High Street 

Hackney • London • E8 7SN • England 



Here's twenty-two short, sharp, shock(ing) 
versions of punk, from Stan Batcow's (of The 
Membranes) time-traveling '77 street punk story, 
to Nick Blinko's (Rudimentary Penis mad genius) 
14 pages of baffling stream-of-consciousness 
chess/punk doodlings. Editor Robert Dellar casts 
a very wide net with his definition of "punk," 
ensnaring everything from tales of Vietnamese 
gangs and live wooden puppets to the obligatory 
tales of sex, alcohol, drugs, and punk rock music. 
All but one of the contributors are English or Scottish and write 
from a UK perspective, although their various takes on punk life are 
quite universal. The one American, Poppy Z. Brite, contributes a haunting 
account of four kids living in an abandoned Georgia church which 
should strike a chord with anyone who has lived near the edge of 
sanity. In Lucy William's "Rubber Lover," radical personal politics evolve 
naturally from explicit sex to violent death, the only difference from 
reality being that most of us don't walk so far down the path of logic to 
actually murder those who oppress us-maybe that's why we're still 
slinging ineffectual words and slogans at the (so far) impregnable walls 
of authority instead of effecting lasting change. 

Such weighty thoughts are fully optional when browsing 
through this romp of an anthology however, and only a few pieces 
fail or are so intentionally obscure that they become a waste of ink. 
Also, Nikki Sudden's memories of the Swell Maps' early days would fit 
much better in a book on underground bands; his historical narrative 
sticks out like a sore thumb. 

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Sniffin ' Clue fanzine founder and Alternative TV member Mark 
Perry has a stream-of-consciousness rant that's very readable and 
relevant (unlike most similar bits), in which he hits the nail on the 
head, performing the previously impossible (even though generations 
of MRR and Flipside letter writers have tried): the definition of "punk 

"...punk is a word/trying to describe a feeling..." 

Meaningless? Not unless you want it to be. 

This "punk" feeling pervades the book in a way that any 
underground/alternative/ subversive person can recognize and relate 
to, and that's why Cobbing Pogoing and Gratuitous Bad Language struck 
such a chord with me- I identified with the feeling of these stories, 
even if I've never been a fan of, say, gothic horror ("Blood Line" by 
Kieron O'Neill). For instance, a lot closer to home was the following 
from Lisa Pember's "A Warning to Young Girls:" 

"I needed the City now: its pollution in my lungs, its grime on 
my skin, its dirt beneath my fingernails. I needed its strangers with 
their viruses and germs and airborne diseases, their cursing and their 
spitting, their falling down drunk in the gutter and the great seething 
mess of it all that kept me alive." 

Every city, kid, no matter what age, can identify. And that's this 
book's strength— no matter where the reader is in society, the diversity 
in settings, subjects, and styles guarantees that this will be a satisfying 
read- and the briefness of each story makes this a classic bathroom 
book. — Jesse Luscious 

Restricted Entry: Censorship on Trail • Janine Fuller 

216 pages ' $16.95 

Press Gang Publishers • "101-225 East 7th Avenue • Vancouver, BC 

V5V 1A6 • Canada 

Restricted Entry begins auspiciously enough, with 
the hate bombing of Little Sisters Book and Art 
Emporium, a gay and lesbian bookstore/gallery 
in Vancouver, British Columbia. However, the rest 
of the book details the seizure by Canadian 
Customs of books and magazines shipped from 
the US to Little Sisters, and the subsequent 
obscenity trial of the bookstore. Even the most 
dedicated anti-censorship civil libertarian is 
bound to find this slow going. 
Canadian Customs is notorious for its homophobia. Books that 
can be found on the shelves of Borders Books Canada are regularly 
seized when they're shipped to known lesbian and gay bookstores. 
The Canadian constitution doesn't have a Bill of Rights, so Customs 
bases its interpretations on what is and is not obscene on something 
called Canada Customs Memorandum D9-1-1, a vaguely worded 
document that covers hate propaganda, treason and sedition as well 
as obscenity. Little Sisters courageously challenged the Customs seizure 
of shipments to them, yet the whole case has taken over a decade to 
work its way through the courts, and Little Sisters still doesn't have a 
verdict: "Smith's ruling would come down at an unknowable future 
date-constitutional judgements are seldom rendered quickly-and even 

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then, there was the prospect of an appeal, regardless of the verdict." 
Kind of like reading a murder mystery where you're never told who - 
done-it. 

Restricted Entry meticulously covers both the pretrial 
maneuvers as well as the trail. The testimony of various experts such 
as Pierre Berton, Jane Rule and Pat Califia are included. The merits of 
Mike Diana's Boiled Angel are discussed, and we learn how Time- 
Warner did a preemptive strike on Canadian Customs in order to make 
Madonna's Sex safe to import. Janine Fuller, manager for Little Sisters, 
regularly presents her perspective on ongoing events. There are even 
small victories, as when "anal penetration" is removed from 
Memorandum D9-1-1 as cause for seizure. 

The book is thorough, but ultimately boring. A law student 
might find this an interesting read, but it's a snooze for the rest of us. 
Leave it to the Canadians to convert dynamic issues such as censorship 
and freedom of speech into dull courtroom transcripts and 
philosophical hairsplitting. — "Lefty" Hooligan 

Reach • Don Bajema 

128 pages • $11 

2.13. 61 • POB 1910 • Los Angeles • CA • 90078 

Don Bajema, a San Francisco based writer has 
just finished his second book.Reach . This 
follows his 1990 release Boy in the Air, also 
published by Henry Rollins' 2.13.61 imprint. The 
mere mention of Rollins and/or 2. 13. 61 is 
probably going to scare a few readers off from 
the start, and that's a shame because Bajema is 
a vital new writer who could become a major 
force in the near future. 

As with Bajema's first book, Reach is a 
collection of short stories and a few poems which focus around the 
world of Eddie Burnett. Burnett, a semi-autobiographical character, 
is an everyman for any generation, an entity that anyone who grew 
up around tough times and tougher people can identify with. Reach 
follows Burnett as he grows up, struggling to become a man while 
eduring the battles in his own life. 

Burnett's life and the stories that Bajema weaves around him 
are full of lessons learned. In one story Burnett sees his uncle take 
the fall for a murder committed by another uncle. In another, he 
watches a friend turn from a liar into a hero; an entity for Burnett to 
worship. In the story "Weak" he fights society, its racist and warped 
values by dropping out, doing things on his own terms and not 
worrying about the way others view him. In other stories, Burnett 
triumphs in a battle of wills with his overbearing father, finding 
strength within himself that he did not know he possessed. Burnett 
is a lost soul fighting to find an identity of his own, searching for 
reasons, for answers, for anything that will make him complete. 

Through his writing Bajema strives to have the reader search 
for their own answers. Bajema stories communicat lessons and ideas 
which don't jump off the page, but rather encourage the reader to 

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think; to draw their own conclusions. That's not to say that Bajema's 
writing is vague; quite the opposite, it's just that there are many things 
a person can draw from his stories about Burnett. What I receive 
from the stories may be quite different from someone else's; it's all 
up to the perspective of the reader. 

The title story left an undeniable mark on me. Here Burnett is 
grasping for something, trying with all his heart to get to that one 
physical object and once it's in his hand he throws it back to where it 
came from. That's a powerful thought, one that stuck with me long 
after I finished the story; the idea that knowledge is enough. Burnett 
had the knowledge that he could reach the object of his desire, he 
knew he could do it. He did not need to posses a physical thing to have 
that knowledge, to him, knowing was enough. Those are the types ol 
things the reader gains from Bajema's writing, lessons that ring true for 
every aspect of one's life. After all, Burnett could be Bajema, he could 
be your brother, sister or he could be you. - Trent Reinsmith 



■ edited by Ellen Dat low 



Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex 

316 pages • $22.95 

St. Martin's Press • 175 Fifth Avenue • New York • NY • 10010 




That sexuality holds the inherent potential for 
both ecstasy and annihilation is hardly a new 
revelation; that dynamic, if nothing else, is 
discovered by every newly-deflowered virgin in 
a hurry. Augustine and the early Christians 
exploited the contradictory nature of eroticism 
by equating sex directly with corruption of the 
soul. The nineteenth century Romantics turned 
the traditional dialectic on its head by celebrating 
sexuality s union of Thanatos and Eros through 
the archetype of "the demon lover." We in the late twentieth century, 
knowing a good thing when we see it, turned it into Big Business. 

Erotic horror is the horror genre of the nineties. The moneJ 
made off the Anne Rice phenomenon alone could probably finance a 
military coup in a small Latin American country. Fed by a combination 
of our traditionally Puritan love/hate relationship with sex, AIDS, and 
the generally fatalistic tenor of the post-Reagan years, erotic horror 
manages to tie all the neuroses of the nineties up into one neat, concise 
package. 

But despite its potential to cut to the heart of the paradoxes of 
desire, the genre has been an even greater intellectual and artistic 
flop than cyberpunk. When cruising through the bookstore looking 
at the latest arrivals, the most one can hope for is to have a good solid 
choice between the guilt-ridden vampire, the badass leather-wearin' 
rock n roll vampire, the gay (or AIDS-infected) vampire, the sexy serial 
killer, the charming intellectual serial killer, the kinda dumb but vicious 
serial killer, the avenging child-molestation victim serial killer, or the 
supernatural-coming-of-age male bonding epic. 

Despite the almost universal banality of the field, Ellen Datlow 
(also fiction editor for Omni) has managed to consistently put together 
fantasy and horror anthologies that can easily compete with the best 

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of mainstream or "literary" fiction. The main advantage that Datlow 
holds over her fellow genre editors is that she is capable of thinking 
in metaphor. In her two vampirism anthologies. Blood is. Not Enough 
and A Whisper of Blood, the vampires ranged from the traditional 
blood-sucking revenants that we all know and love to more subtle 
forms, such as emotional parasites who drain all passion and strength 
from those around them. Similarly, in Off Limits and its predecessor, 
Alien Sex, most of the aliens are all too familiar; to paraphrase Walt 
Kelly, "We have met the aliens, and they are us." Our entire culture 
has been geared towards trivializing sexual desire as a part of ourselves, 
and so there is perhaps no culture where the term "alien" can be 
applied quite so appropriately to sex. Because we try to cleave our 
desires so completely from the rest of our identities, they sometimes 
seem like distant, separate voices invading our minds. 

In Off Limits, the most alien encounters in fact deal with very 
human characters and encounters that may seem only vaguely sexual. 
The best example of this is Richard Christian Matheson's "Oral," which 
is simultaneously one of the shortest stories in the book and one of 
the most powerful. It consists almost entirely of dialogue. A man and 
a woman are sitting in a hotel room; she systematically describes the 
physical sensations of touching or tasting various objects, such as a 
seashell or a glass of water, in such minute detail the man can "feel" 
them. The man needs to touch the world through surrogates because 
he has physically alienated himself from the world, refusing to touch 
what others have touched: "Fingerprints signal oncoming death. Germs 
cling to surfaces. Waiting to cause illness, suffering. Disinfection is 
impossible." In Matheson's hands, the simple description of a seashell 
becomes deeply erotic and disturbing, symbolizing the simultaneous 
attraction and distance. 

Susan Wade uses an inverted method to deal with similar 
themes of intimacy and alienation in "The Tattooist." In this story a 
female tattoo artist begins to literally experience the psychic and 
physical sensations of her client as she tattoos his penis. Through 
each successive session, the client's pain increases, and so does the 
artist's knowledge of his body, his life, and his lover. By the time she 
completes the job, the duality of the experience has completely driven 
her away from her own lover. 

The economic and political implications of prostitution figure 
prominently in several stories, most notably Mike O'Driscoll's "The Future 
of Birds," which posits a future in which women are being exterminated 
by a highly infectious virus. Relatively few efforts are made to stem the 
spread of the disease, as biological women are considered redundant, 
their sexual and reproductive functions replaced by transsexuals called 
"birds." The birds are recruited mostly from third-world slums, and 
pimped in first-world nightclubs/brothels. The story traces the journey 
of a Brazilian boy from streetside hooker to metamorphosed bird through 
a nightmarish maze of betrayal and manipulation. Bruce McAllister's 
"Captain China" also deals with the race and class implications of 
prostitution, through the viewpoint of a young Asian refugee boy who is 
forced into prostitution and spends his days hoping for rescue by his 
hero, "Captain China." Sherry Coldsmith's "The Lucifer of Blue" has a 
somewhat different take on the world's oldest profession, portraying it 
in a fairly respectable light. The story is told from the point of view of a 
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prostitute working in a brothel during the Spanish Civil War who discovers 
that Fascism is being passed like a venereal disease through her own 
body and the bodies of her colleagues. 

The least interesting stories in the entire collection, ironically 
enough, are reprints of stories considered to be classics of speculative 
fiction. Robert Silverberg's "The Reality Trip" is a story about an alien 
living undercover in a bohemian hotel during the sixties and having his 
cover nearly blown by a loopy poet down the hall who sees him as a 
prime target for seduction. The portrayal of the poet is a perfect, vicious 
parody of the pretentious sensitive art-geeks that infest the Bay Area 
and college towns nationwide, but other than that, there's not a whole 
lot to recommend it. "The Reality Trip" is a pleasant enough entertainment, 
but lacks the psychological and artistic depth of work like Matheson's. 

Likewise, Samuel R. Delany's "Aye, and Gomorrah..." is considered 
to be an icon of the New Wave writing that reshaped science fiction in 
the sixties, but time seems to have reduced some of its edge. To be honest, 
this particular story never really grabbed me even when I first read it in 
Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions anthology, and it has even less of a 
grasp now. It deals with a class of people called "spacers" who have been 
made androgynous to deal with existence in outer space. The spacers 
face both attraction and revulsion by normal human beings, and are 
alienated by both emotions. In some ways, Delany's basic concept of the 
spacers seems to function as a more sexualized interpretation of the 
scanners in Cordwainer Smith's "Scanners Live in Vain," an earlier story 
which I think exploited the idea much more effectively. 

As a whole, Off Limits transcends the level of quality set by its 
predecessor, partly because it relies less on reprints. Out of twenty stories 
in Off Limits, only three are reprints. Of Alien SeVs nineteen stories/a 
little under half were reprints, several of which were anthology standards 
Off Limits looks forward instead of back, and best of all, presents stories 
that make sex and violence mean something again. — Chris Hall 

Run Man Run • Chester Himes 

192 pages • $8.95 

Carroll 8 Graf Publishers • 260 Fifth Avenue • New York • NY • 10001 

Chester Himes' classic tale. Run Man Run has just 
been re-issued in the United States. This is a 
timeless story of an innocent black man who 
witnesses a shocking crime and is relentlessly 
pursued by the murderous white cop who wants 
to silence him. This racially charged thriller takes 
the reader through Himes version of New York 
City in the 1960s and gives you tension and 
brutality from the first page. 

Two black men are shot dead and one is 
wounded at the hand of Walker, a white policeman. Jimmy, who 
survives the senseless attack, identifies Walker as the man who shot 
him, but as a black man, the police, his lawyer, and even his girlfriend 
are skeptical of his claim that a white cop did it without a motive. The 
killer remains at large, and looks to silence the victim. 

Himes takes what could be a plot from a bad Shaft rip-off and 

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turns it into a literary thriller of the highest caliber. The book could 
stand alone as an action novel on the merit of its tight plot lines, 
brutal murder scenes, and creepy chases, but Himes elevates it by 
making the individual characters interesting. Never settling for one- 
dimensional, Himes propels the plot and while breaking down human 
nature and racism through his characters and their interaction. Jimmy 
might be the stereotypical educated, angry black man, but Himes fleshes 
him out with the true terror of a victim. In scene after scene, Jimmy 
responds to situations as a man scared for his life, never as a simple 
hero or "black" protagonist. On this level, race doesn't seem to matter 
to Himes: Black or white, we would all be terrified when confronted 
with the man who shot us, even if the meeting occurred in the safety 
of a crowed New York street. Jimmy might be an African-American, 
victimized for being the wrong color at the wrong time, but Himes 
never lets the plot itself degenerate into a conflict between black and 
white. Instead, Himes recognizes that a novel about how some people 
are racist wouldn't be effective. Its a concept too basic to warrant 
literary allusion. 

This is not to say that race doesn't matter to Himes, quite the 
opposite is true. Throughout the book it's clear that whites and blacks 
act differently, and in some scenes, Himes presents that certain 
impressions whites have of blacks are true. After the murders, 
Detective Brock goes uptown to Harlem to interview the victim's 
families. The detective is in a delicate situation, he's friends with 
Walker, but is also skeptical of his claims of innocence. Brock 
interviews the first victim's wife and is touched by her humanity, but 
the families lives as god-fearing ordinary people makes him uneasy 
because they don't live up to his expectation of how blacks act. 

Himes portrays the second victim as a stereotypical "shuckin' 
and jiving" black; a hard living street preacher with a prostitute 
girlfriend and a penchant for cheap gin. Brock analyses the scene, 
"He got the picture of an amoral, petty thieving Negro. The usual 
stereotype. She was the same. He didn't realize that's the reason he 
felt at ease with her." Himes takes an precarious stand with these 
scenes; he depicts whites as more comfortable with blacks who live 
up to criminal expectations, and makes it clear that stereotypes 
sometimes turn out to be true, a fearless stance for a black author. 

Himes' most gripping character, Walker, stalks a line of morality 
that most people couldn't imagine. He kills without remorse, complains 
about the inconvenience of being a murder suspect, and coldly plans to 
plead insane if his other plans for Jimmy don't work out. From the 
onset of the book. Walker empathizes with his victims, but doesn't really 
care that they're dead. Rather, he seems to dismiss their lives and wish 
he didn't have to worry about going to jail. Walker isn't crazy, he's 
soulless and that makes him more chilling a character than any nutcase. 

Run Man Run's power lies with Himes' unique ability to combine 
street grit with rich literary technique. Himes sees through human 
behavior with the unblinking eye of a journalist and documents it 
with the eloquent pen of a novelist. As plot hurls towards its shocking 
conclusion like a man running out of control, Himes richly illustrates 
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Short for ANDY'S YELLOW 
ALLIGATOR and hailing from the 
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BLINK. Speedy and a little sloppy, 
we have four tunes here that have 
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($3 ppd: Underdog Records, 2252 N. 
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Yet another gem unearthed by the folks at GTA. This one is the 
I complete recordings (the ones that survived), including live stuff, of 
I the ABANDONED, the band Tony Cadena started after the original 

break up of the ADOLESCENTS. The music is along the same lines, 
I but with a darker tone and a desperate urgency, not to mention a 
I GERMS influence, musically and lyrically. As this band went along, 
I their sound really began to develop and push the boundaries for the 
I time, while sticking to their 'roots', something most bands are or were 
I not able to do. An excellent collection of stuff, and a reminder of the 
I great sounds that came outta Southern California. (MA) 
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| ACTIVE INGREDIANTS - "Everything Sucks" CD 

I saw these guys play in Bakersfield at a place called Jerry's 
I Pizza a few years back and thought they played good hardcore with 
I a bit of melody. As far as their sound goes on this disc, they sound way 
I more polished than I remember. For a comparison I'd say NO USE 
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(been known to do from time to time. (RM) 
(Beer City Records, PO Box 26035, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0035) 



AFFRONT - "Punk For Sale...Said 
Wattie One Day" EP 

Holy shit! This is hardcore! 
Think EXTREME NOISE TERROR 
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cals and backups that are either 
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horns. Now remember, it's live, so those beloved horns kinda over- 
ride the vocals, but hey, who cares! It's AGAINST ALL AUTHOR- 
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AG never fail to please, delivering 2 studio tracks and two live I 
tracks. The amazing thing about AG is not only their brutal music, I 
but also they've stayed true to the underground HC/grindcore scene 
for 8-9 years, never compromising their politics like so many others 
have. AUTORITAR were the surprise of the century, delivering 7 
songs of fast (we're talking at the speed of light fast!!) hardcore. 
AUTORITAR kinda reminds me of AVULSION from NY. I guaran- 
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(Yellow Dog, PO Box 550208, D-10371 Berlin, GERMANY) 



THE AGGRAVATORS - "Stuck In 
The '80s" EP 

This is fucking brilliant. Great 
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and roll ZERO BOYS. And they do a 
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(Sonic Swirl, PO Box 770303, Lake- 
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Mid-tempo college rock with pretty female vopals. Too "alter- 
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AL-TERED - "Birthday" EP 

Weird German punk band doing all covers. Okay and mostly I 
faithful versions of FEAR, MINOR THREAT and| 
NEGATIVE APPROACH. All with German accent, of course. Ap- 
parently this 7" was given away at the band's first gig. (LH) 
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ANGELIC UPSTARTS - "Two Million Voices" LP 

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LP. Nothing too mandatory but one of the tunes is decent. But the LP 
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I Yes, it's an LP not a one-sided single. It contains most of their 

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I third record. So you like dumb cartoon English punk with lunkhead- 

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ANTISEEN/RANCID VAT - split EP 

I The kings of the brutal rule breaking scene get together to pay 

I a beautiful tribute to wrestling greats Terry Funk & Bruiser Brody. 
I Both of these songs can be found on other releases, but here they team 
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I APOCALYPSE BABYS - "3 Chords To Heaven" CD 
I From the first few minutes of listening to this I was bobbing my 

Ihead to the music thinking this was some late '70s UK punk band. 
I Sounding like a cross between the BUZZCOCKS and the CLASH 
I ("Scapegoat" sounds a lot like "Bankrobber") with a little RA- 
I MONES influence thrown in, these guys play melodic sounding punk 
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I attraction, infatuation, TV addiction, and English police corruption. 
ISo if you like catchy '70s style punk rock, search this one out (and 
■check out their "Shootin' From The Hip" EP reviewed a few issues 
I back). (CE) 

l(Smokin' Troll, 48 Llwyn Beuno, Bontnewydd C'von, LL55 2UH, 
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[APOCALYPSE BABYS - "Whoops" CD 

These guys sound like they stepped right out of a time machine 
I set for 1977, even though they look more like middle aged guys that 
[look like they listen to REM (except the singer who looks like he's in 
I the ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE!). Really cool professional sound- 
I ing punk with great SEX PISTOLian riffs. All the songs are good and 
I catchy without a bad apple in the barrel. Even the lyrics are very '77 
I with song titles like 'I'm Addicted", "Cops & Robbers", etc. Manda- 
I tory for fans of the spirit of '77. (EY) 

l(Smokin Troll Records, 48 Llyn Beuno, Bontnewydd, Caernarvon, 
ILL55 2UH, ENGLAND) 



APOCALYPSE BABYS - "Dance 
Till You Drop" EP 

Concise British pop-punk with 
vocal choruses played with the stan- 
dard four chords. Anybody search- 
ing for originality will find more 
promising material elsewhere, but 
these BABYS seem to have a knack 
for finding those riffs we've all heard 
before and making them into decent 
songs. I liked "100 Rifles" in particu- 
lar with its changes of pace, though 
the whole EP would have profited 

I with a tad more bite. Pretty good. (SS) 

I (Vinyl Vera, 23 Monsal Dr, South Normanton, Alfreton, Derbyshire. 
OE 55 2B6, ENGLAND) 




ARGY BARGY - "Drink, Drugs and Football Thugs" LP 

Tim always throws these types of "skin" records my way I 
because he knows that Mike Lucas and I used to be involved in that 
whole soccer scene a few years back... we wore side-burns and all that 
shit and got our first tattoos then. Mike got "West Ham United" on 
this upper arm. Anyway, Tim likes to throw that in my face now.... 
yer such a kidder, Tim. This record ain't great and it' ain't bad 
either... just a regular English bomber jacket wearing type of band. 
You know what I mean... there's tons of them these days. (SW) 
(Step-1 Music,PO Box 21, Tenterden,Kent,TN307ZZ, ENGLAND) | 

ASSFORT - "Bark Up The Wrong Tree" EP 

By the time this review sees print these guys will have already I 
taken the country by storm again... As I understand it, this material 
was recorded in '93; nonetheless, these 3 songs rage. The title track 
starts off quiet and atmospheric, then it rips into the full-on attack 
these guys are known for. The other two are more direct with speedy 
attacks, varying tempos and a good song structure. ASSFORT!!! (MA) 
(NATRecords, Avenue Shinsaibashi#807,2-18-16Nishi-Shinsaibashi, 
Chu-Ku, Osaka 542, JAPAN) 



ASSHOLEPARADE/ANSOJUAN- 
split EP 

It's interesting to see how far- 
reaching the CROSSED OUT influence 
is. Everybody seems to be doing some- 
thing that tastes like their goods these 
days-that ultra-fast stuff intermeshed 
with some thing slightly slower. Thesongs 
are short, the tempo really blazes when it 
blazes. These two bands follow suit, do- 
ing it welL There's a lot of screaming 
goingon,anditfeelslikeit'scomingfrom 
the heart (KG) 
(1018 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville, FL 




32601) 



ASTREAM - "Woodfish" CD 

ASTREAM's really got the TEN FOOT POLE sound down 
with rockin' songs with pretty insightful lyrics. Not only have these 
Swedes polished up their sound, they've polished up their packaging 
as well. ASTREAM rip off many MOTLEY CRUE poses, but they 
unfortunately forgot to cover any MOTLEY CRUE songs. (HM) 
(Bad Taste Records, Box 41, 221 00 Lund, SWEDEN) 



ASSTROLAND - "Sweep The Leg" EP 
Ten songs of strangulated HC. 
Speedy and simple with vocals that 
swap back and forth between 
screamy meemie and the far less ap- 
pealing deep growly one's that the 
patchy pant, dog on a shoe-string set 
seems to go for. You like BLATZ? 
You like GRIMPLE? Than buy this 
and you're sure to be pleased. (LD) 
(Exit Records, 25 Guion St, Pleasant 
Valley, NY 10570) 

ATOMKJNDER - "Far Tangled Ban- 
ner" EP 

Great single from a band who 
has the best guitar sound I've heard 
this month - totally fuzzed out and 
distorted, but not at the expense of 
impact. Awesome. There's no lyrics 
included, but the black and white 
cover and nuclear war graphics leave 
little unsaid. Definitely a band I'll be 
keeping an eye out for. (TM) 
(Victim Records, PO Box 34921, 
Phoenix, AZ 85097-4921) 




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| BEER MOSH - "Pesadilla" LP 

This band from Spain plays metalcore at breakneck speed. 
I Growling vocals, heavy bass lines, and a brutal lead guitar make this 
la must for anyone with the need for speed. (CW) 
(Overdrive S.L., PO Box 18199, 28080 Madrid, SPAIN) 



| BETTY'S LOVE CHILD - "Angelfish" CD 

Who the hell is Betty? Good pop punk with JAWBREAKER/ 
ICRIMPSHRINE vocals and FACE TO FACE/J CHURCH music. 
I Actually this is really good considering the overkill in the genre. Done 
I right that's for sure. A very solid tight release. I'm amazed this isn't 
I on one of the biggie pop punk labels. Oh I'm sure it will get picked up 
I so get the soon to be rare self released version. Very cool. (RL) 
I (17th Street Records, 797 E. Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95112) 



BIG BOBBYS NIGHT CAPS -"Close 
My Mind" EP 

Sure! This is superlative speed- 
ed up R&B: Cool backup vocals, bass 
lines, hollow bodied guitars, and a 
drummer who likes to overplay just 
enough to stand out. I would definite- 
ly recommend this. (CH) 
(Black Lung Records, PO Box 252, 
Richmond, VA 23218) 



BIG FUCKING DEAL - "Nuclear 
Nostalgia" EP 

The musical delivery of these 
Ohioans, with dueling male/female 
vocals, is somewhere between 
NAKED AGGRESSION and ANTI- 
SCHISM. The EP may be titled "Nu- 
clear Nostalgia", but it could easily 
have been called '"80s Punk Nostal- 
gia." The record brings us right back 
to the days of xeroxed covers, pic- 
tures of troops in action, hand drawn 
atomic explosions, and lyrics about 

I religion, Nazis, and nuclear war. There's even a song about Reagan, 

mere suggesting his current Alzheimer's condition as fit punishment 

I for his actions in office. (TH) 

($3 ppd: 270 Washington Blvd. #4, Boardman, OH 44512) 



| BIPPY - "Jacking Off To Three's Company" EP 

Snort - A tres obnoxious EP hailing from Oberlin, OH. Songs 
I are (as the title hints) about beating off to Three's Company (bleh), 
I faux sensitive fellas lookin' to get laid, romance gone sour, etc; set to 
I mid-tempo hooky tunes. Fun, silly stuff. (LD) 
(Bippy Records, OCMR, PO Box 723, Oberlin, OH 44074) 



I BITTERS - "A Tragedy In Five Acts" CD 

A band inspired by the whole CLASH/999/STL axis but still 
I sounding relevant and un- tribute like. Five songs with a singer adept 
I in bringing back that Jake Burns/Joe Strummer mood singing songs 
I of down- trodden resignation and confusion. The band sounds good 
I and totally plays to the song, a pretty rare occurrence these days, with 
■some solid hooky guitar lines and sympathetic playing that never 
I drowns out the songs or emotions expressed. Probably slower than a 
[lot of stuff out recently but y 'know, maybe it's because they're from . 
I Joisey, but these guys actually do sound a lot more sincere than the 
I in-your-face-guys. This thing works! Do check it out. (HD) 
I (Holy Plastic, 25 Mckinley, Hanover, NJ 07936) 

ITZ - "The Complete Blitz Singles Collection" LP 

Yes, they are correct. The title is true. You get all the tracks 
I from this early '80s UK band's 7" and 12" singles. That means lotsa 
Iskunk/punk/oi whatever plus the dreadful new romantic pop shit 
I they later evolved into. You gotta laugh. (TY) 
(Captain Oi, PO Box 501, High Wycombe, HP10 8QA, UK) 




THE BLOOD - "Smell Yourself' LP 

The early eighties output of THE BLOOD were significant. I 
Cardinal Smith and J J. turned in some damn decent performances I 
with "Stark Raving Normal," an influential record. Unfortunately, I 
things have been watered down a mite in the last fifteen years. This I 
record from April of 1996 has too much metal-guitar wanking with hint | 
of gothic vocal. The songs are too fuggin' long! Not necessary. (BR) 
(Blind Beggar Records, Postfach 1518, 66924 Pirmasens, GERMA- 
NY) 



BLOOD FILLOAS - "Toys Are Us" CD 

Eight pop punk songs from Spain that are catchy in moments I 
but overall lack any real edge. As a result, it's not especially memo- 
rable. Lyrically insignificant with the exception of a racist song about | 
Asian fetishism. Later with these guys. (LH) 
(Subterfuge Records, PO Box 46055, 28080 Madrid, SPAIN) 



BLOOD FILLOAS/FROGGER - split EP 

Two very 1977 sounding punk bands. BLOOD FDLLOAS I 
combine the musical sound of THE DRAGS with the vocal sound of | 
THE STIPJES and come out with something very cool. 
FROGGER leans more toward a pop punk vocal sound with the I 
traditional punk musical sound. I'm willing to predict that once we 
become bored with Japanese punk bands the next trend will be | 
Spanish punk bands. (CK) 
(Subterfuge Records, PO Box 46055, 28080 Madrid, SPAIN) 



THE BOLLWEEVILS/THE 4 SQUARES - split EP 

Hey, this is an eye opener. A split of two bands that don't fit so I 
neatly into either the homogenized pop punk or hardcore bag. They 
both do a good job of marrying the energy and aggression of HC with | 
the melodic sense of pop, to produce a pretty little bastard child each. 
Not too snotty, not too sweet, no unpleasant aftertaste. (BG) 
(Dr Strange Records, PO Box 7000-117, Alta Loma, CA 91701) 



BOLLWEEVILS/SLEEPASAU- 
RUS - split EP 

Two bands, three songs of (say 
it with me) fast, melodic hardcore 
with 'sung' vocals. Super poppy, ex- 
actly the kind of stuff the kids are 
going for lately. The 'WEEVILS 
song, "Pressure Cooker," is the def- 
inite winner, and if you're into this 
style you're probably already famil- 
iar with them. Probably as good as 
you're going to get in this style. (AM) 
(Motherbox Records, 60 Denton Ave, 
East Rockaway, NJ 11518) 






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THE BONADUCES/BUCKO - split EP 

BUCKO is led by a guy named "Brendon Anger" who makes I 
vocal harmonies, twiddles knobs, and records punk records at his 
mom's house. 'Nuff said. THE BONADUCES, on the other hand, are 
everything a band should be: clever, catchy, they identify their 
sources, (remember: bibliography!), and they have the cutest girl in | 
the world on their inside cover. Get this record quickly. (BB) 
(Fresh Bread Records, PO Box 3, Winnipeg, MB, R3M 3S3, CANADA) I 



BOOZERS - "Big-Ass Garage Sale" LP 

Texas - "the Lone-Star State", we used to call it - is turning into | 
quite the musical hotbed these days. Joining the pack is the appropri- 
ately-named BOOZERS, who just turn out one blurry, sludgy punk I 
tune after another, fronted by a singer who sounds like U-Ron 
Bondage but probably isn't. Don't get the notion that this is some 
kind of retro-fitted garage bilge, either - the BOOZERS sound more 
influenced by forty-ouncers of Olde English than anything else. Yep | 
- "hardcore", we used to call it. (JR) 
(Hoot and Holler Records, PO Box 721352, Dallas, TX 75372) 



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| BORIS THE SPRINKLER - "End Of The Century" LP 

Yes,thisisacompletereproductionrftheRAMONES , 'EndOfThe 
I Century" LP. BORIS added a silly intro, a couple funny Boer notes and a 
I good burst of energy to make this the most listenable, full RAMONES LP 
I remake. But why would you waste your time covering any RAMONES' 
I record, especially this one? I don't get it, but collectors probably will. (HM) 
(Clearview Records, 2157 Pueblo Dr, Garland, TX 75040) 



IBRAINDANCE - "Gentle Spirit" EP 

Good bri t punk that almost has a post punk feel at times yet still 
I has that angry vocals feel. This is probably the best new street rock 
I band I've heard in a while. Like a good oi band's second LP, where 
lit still kicks without being too reckless. Four outta four good tunes 
I here. Actually on repeated listenings this kinda kicks butt. Great 
I vocals. Brit fans check this out. (RL) 
■ (Knockout Records) 



CARTER PEACE MISSION - "My 
Son Is Also Named Spartacus" EP 

The punk here varies in 
strength and quality, from the fairly 
insipid "The Princess Is In Another 
Castle" with its pleading vocals, to 
"Kamchatka," which reminded me 
of a poppish, somewhat attenuated • 
version of FUNERAL ORATION— * 
the most enjoyable song on the disc. 
In all, pop-damage eats away at most 
of this record (the vocal harmonies 
do the primary damage), making for 
pop-punk that cloys too much to be 
exciting. (SS) 
(Mullethead Records, PO Box 20515, El Cajon, CA 92021) 




IBRAINDEAD - "God's Greatest Gift To Mankind" CD 

What the fuck is this shit? Some lame ass attempt at punk that 
I wouldn't even make the cut on Head bangers Ball. Comes complete 
[with a horrendous cover of "Almost Human" by KISS. This will 
I make an excellent coaster for my cool and refreshing beverage, as I 
I type the rest of my reviews. (RC) 

(Braindead c/o Chaos, 11021 NE 123rd Ln #C208, Kirkland, WA 

98034) 



IBROKEN - "Defy The Season" CD 

Not far from the home of the recent 100 yard pipe bomb toss 
I come BROKEN, with an excellent debut. For the most part the music 
land vocals are squarely between the youth crew era of, say, 
I SIDE BY SrDE, and the newer metallic sounds of the defunct OUT- 
I SPOKEN. The real treat is when the secondary vocals come in which 
I are really sick, not unlike RORSCHACH. Lyrics alternate between 
I personal feelings and social issues. A solid outing. (TH) 
(Standfast, PO Box 973, Lilburn, GA 30226) 



CAUSE/TNTrFADA - split EP 

David Hayes had a hand in putting this out, so I was expecting I 
to hear a couple of weird, quirky, pop bands, but instead these two 
bands are more on the serious, political, metal side. Nothing too 
outstanding here: both bands sound a little like ECONOCHRIST 
with hoarse growled vocals and dominant guitar sound with songs 
about corruption and lies within society. Not a bad record but not | 
something I'd search for either. (CE) 
(Hybrid/Too Many Records, PO Box 1222, Spokane, WA 99210) 



THE CHUBBDZS - "Play Me" CD 

Wow, they're a full band now. With this record they've made I 
the full commitment to power pop. Easily the heir to early '80s Stiff I 
stuff or even HOLLY AND THE ITALIANS. Great girl pop that's 
well played and totally catchy. Even covers of "Sailor Moon" and the I 
KNACK. Fun. (LH) 
(Sympathy For The Record Industry) 



I BUCK WILD - "Beat Me Silly" LP 

Very good, very catchy, melodic pop punk that suffers from 
| being just a little too polished and practiced. "Featuring both guitars 
of LAGWAGON." (KK) 
I (Lobster Records, PO Box 1473, Santa Barbara, CA 93102) 



IBUGLFTE - "Love And Other Sorrows" CD 

Miles of catchy pop punk that mostly leads me to obscure 
[references.- The fast stuff is sort of like SNUFF without the strong 
| vocals. In fact, all the vocals are sorta effortlessly sung. Needs a little 
I more urgency. The mid-tempo sounds like the QUEERS more recent 
I pop stuff. All songs are about girls and don't say anything you don't 
I already know. Musically, it's a fun first effort (LH) 
(One Foot Records Inc, PO Box 3834, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034) 



; BUSINESS - "Harry May - The Singles Collection" CD 
Based on the title you can figure this one out These guys are 
I cool oi punk from the olden days to now and are certainly no secret 
I considering the wave of reissues. Some b-sides are tossed inhere too. 
I A very worthwhile purchase for any fresh cut oi-ster or a vet who 
■wants the few b-sides. Undeniably classic oi. (RL) 
(Taang, 706 Pismo Ct, San Diego, CA 92109) 



|THE BUSINESS - "The Best Of..." LP & 45 

THE BUSINESS need no introduction to you punks, this 
I compilation is quite thorough and it marches right on the rough 
I "Harry May", "Smash the Discos", "Loud Proud And Punk" and 
"Saturdays Heroes". After a listen here one can easily understand 
I why THE BUSINESS are considered on of the truly important oi/ 
I punk bands. It's as advertised on the cover "19 classic Oi! anthems 
I from South London's finest" (BR) 
I (Dojo Records, PO Box 28 1, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2BB ENGLAND) 



LOS CINCOS - "Kissy At the Carnival/Here Comes Penelope" 

Three songs here all stylistically different, 1st tune is a Farfisa- 1 
drivenretronumberin the manner of say ? AND THE MYSTERIANS 
and some of the party-do wnedness of the MAKE UP. The flip tunes 
detours into MC5 territory and finally ends with a purty little 
"soundscape" (or filler, as it is commonly known). Fun but inconclu- 
sive, I think.... (HD) 
(Sympathy For the Record Indus- 
try) 



CIRCLE STORM - "Spirit" EP 

CHICLE STORM pledges its 
allegiance to the likes of Y.O.T. and 
BOLD. Introspective lyrics, yelled 
choruses, and mosh parts should 
make this a favorite of the straight 
edge crowd. (CW) 
(Ambassador Records, 976 Foothill 
Blvd #464, Claremont CA 91711) 



CLEANX - "Mouthful O' Shit" EP 
Fasy, catchy, poppy hardcore. 
Five songs, all melodic, kinda Fat- 
like. Lyrics are intelligent and rebel- 
lious in some ways, but pretty bitter 
overall. (TY) 

(Dental Records, 1503 E Evans Lane, 
Placentia. CA 92670) 



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I CLUSTER BOMB UNIT . "Realitat" EP 

I saw these guys live recently. On the down side of things I 
I didn't think they were that great. The music was good, but the band 
I was completely non- energetic. Anyway, this records serves up more 
[of that ANTI CIMEX style punk. Though this isn't bad, much like 
I their live set, it just didn't move me. (RC) 
I (Wiggy Records, no address) 



CRISE TOTAL - "E A Crise Continua" CD 

Sixteen song outing from this Portuguese punk band. Many of I 
the songs are fast enough to be considered hardcore, but the lasting I 
impression is one of melody and structure. It's certainly catchy stuff I 
• quick enough to be upbeat and lively, but of a pace for the actual [ 
songs to show through. The song are dated from 1983 to 1988, | 
although apparently this is the first time they've been studio record- 
ed/released. Great stuff! (TM) 
(Fast and Loud, Apart. 13037, 1019 Lisboa codex, PORTUGAL) 



ICOCKSCRATCH - "Random Shot" EP 

New Jap band that's very influenced by the whole "Killed By 
I Death" milieu right down to the undecipherable epileptic-on-drool 
In' electroshock vocals and cheesy synth noises. Right now my brain 
[reels in trying to find a band to name here and I just can't!!! (so 
| consult KBD say ...volume 4 & 5). But to say, the Japs have us beat 
I again in being able to duplicate the whole vibe down to a tee. Just to 
Itry, I would say this actually reminds me of a pub rock 

DESTRY HAMPTON (is that redundant?) or a Limey version of the 

STYRENES Limited edition too! Hoo-boy! (HD) 
I (Needle Records, 203 Okada Bldg, 3-60-8 Koenji Minami, Suginami 

Ku, Tokyo 166, JAPAN) 



I COMBINATION GREY - "Gears" CD 

Kinda reminds me a lot of late '80s DC influenced stuff mixed 
I with a little melodic modern rock. Fortunately the leanings are more 
I in the DC direction, bringing to mind stuff like late period 
I GOVERNMENT ISSUE with a female vocalist. Not totally consis- 
tent, but a respectable first effort. (LH) 
(Lost And Found, Bunteweg 1, 30900 Wedemark, GERMANY) 



LES CONSEILLERS TECHNIQUES - "The Armitage Shanks In- 
troduce Their French Cousins..." LP 

This isn't as interesting as the record Chris Harvey reviewed 

I It's actually quite confusing, I don't know what to make out of it. The 
I whole record is like these badly done covers of the likes of SHAM 69, 

WARSAW, BUZZCOCKS, UNDERTONES, etc. There's really no 
I reason fer this record to even exist And the liner notes, they got to be 
I a joke..... right?.... all going on about some fucker's obsession with the 
IBUZZCOCKS' "Spiral Scratch" EP. Jesus!!!!! There's a lot of 
\lame records coming out these days!!!!! (SW) 
I (Teenage Kicks, Stadtjagerstr 8, 86152 Augsburg, GERMANY) 



| CREAM ABDUL B AB AR/I GUARD THE SHEEP - split EP 

When I first looked at the name of the band's here, and saw that 
I they were from Florida, I was afraid this was either going to be really 
I goofy pop-punk or, heaven forbid, ska-core. Not the case at all! The 
I C. A.B side has two songs with a really sick bass sound which, like the 
I guitar, is tuned way down low. Best of all they have a trombone which 
I works very well in adding to the low, heavy sound of the band. The 
I vocals here are of the spat out variety. I.G.T.S. are tuned down even 
I lower, with vocals not unlike BORN AG AINST when they're screamed 
land BOB TILTON when spoken. Only one musical take on the 
ll.G.T.S. side, with the other track being a computer speaking out 
I what might be their manifesto. I think the horned one might be at 
I work here. (TH) 
($3 ppd: 1329 Nylic St, Tallahassee, FL 32304) 



I CRIPPLE BASTARDS - "Your Lies In Check" CD 

Italy's current best hardcore band finally cranks out a full 
I length. 69 songs (whoa!), most of which are over by the time you're 
■ getting into them. Certainly more disciples of the 'shorter/faster/ 
■louder' thinking when it comes to songwriting! While 
I CRIPPLE BASTARDS lyrics are political, it's in the rare vein of 
I political hardcore that offers more than just complaints. Let's hope 
I through their sheer fortitude they get the recognition they deserve. 

(TM) 
|(E.U. Produzioni c/o Giulio Baldizzone, Via Manzoni 24, 14100 Asti, 

ITALY) 



CRY - "Kamikaze Rock N Roll" CD 

Swedish proto-punk at work. Going all the way '70s, bull 
making a near fatal mistake: the annoying intrusion of way too many 
instruments. Geez, imagine a not so adept MENSCLUB add piano, 
harmonica, si tar, saxophone, and trumpet. Why? Take a more bare 
bones guitar crankin' approach, and this would please me to no end, 
but since when does punk rock, or hard rock for that matter ever | 
warrant a buncha goddamn wussy instruments?!!! (RY) 
(Velodrome Records, Kampegatan 4, S-41104 Gothenburg, SWE- 
DEN) 



DAG NASTY - "Live In Philly" LP 

Wow, "Wig Out" era live stuff from '87, seeing the light of day I 
almost 10 years later. It's amazing how good this stiff sounds. 
Unfortunately, being a bootleg with only 300 pressed, it'll be a 
challenge for the average fan to get a hold of. What really makes it a 
crime is that the sound quality is so damn good and it really captures 
the spirit of a once great band before they lost their fire (among other 
things). Even has those crazy crowd sing-a-longs going on. Makes me | 
feel misty eyed, nostalgic, and a little cheated. (BG) 
(no address) 



DAMNATION A.D. - "Misercordia" 10" 

By all rights this band should be taking over the world. Brutal | 
hardcore which has elements of bands like BLACK FLAG, INTEG- 
RITY, BLAST! and the like. The guitars are great, solid with a thick I 
beefy buzz that cuts though your mind like butter, while the drums 
pummel down as the bass keeps everything in line. The vocals sound 
like a hoarser BLAST!, with bleak lyrics that anyone who is honest 
with themselves can relate to. This is definitely one of my all time 
favorite records ever!! The songs "Another Day Of Darkness..." and | 
"Rain As My Veil" are amazing, their best yet. Fuck, this is good. 
(MA) ' 
(Jade Tree, 2310 Kennwynn Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810) 



DEAD MOON/MONSTERS - split 45 

Two songs that were recorded live and put on a record to giye I 
away at some show, but apparently they couldn't give them all away | 
and now they think someone will buy it. Free sounds better to me. 
Two garage rockers. DEAD MOON do "It's OK" in their typical I 
cool, but slightly oyerdramatic way. MONSTERS do "Burn My 
Mind" by just letting loose the way rock should be. Good stuff. (CK) 
(Record Junkie, Kramgasse 8, CH-3000, Bern 8, SWITZERLAND) 



DEATH WISH KIDS - "There's 
Nothing In School..." EP 

Oh fuck! I think Freud stated 
it best in their interview last month 
when he said that this is "the band 
you won't forget seeing, and will go 
see every time they come around." 
Same goes for their great debut 
record. These ex- ARE A 51 kids spew 
out some abrasive punk rock full of | 
wound up energy and plenty of feed- 
back. I liked the "live" feel of the 
recording. It seemed like all the songs 
flowed into each other as if it was recorded in one live session instead | 
of each song being recorded separately. Go steal a copy now! (RC) 
(Hopscotch Records, PO Box 1143, Cardiff, CA 92007) 




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IDEMENTED ARE GO! - "I Wamla See You Bleed" EP 

Demented is right! These guys are a psychobilly version of The 
I MISFITS! Crazy ass psychobilly with twisted (or should I say 
I demented) lyrics. I mean the song "Red River Bloody Staircase" 
I might give it away a little. Other than that they're great. Cool cover 
I art (AT) 

I (Scandal Records c/o Knock Out Records, Postfach 100716, 46527 
Dinslaken, GERMANY) 



DOSE BRUTAL - CD 

Mid-tempo oi out of Brazil that sounds as if it could have been I 
recorded in the late '70s or early '80s. Not super original or catchy 
but it does have a certain amount of kick and urgency, due mostly to 
the way the vocalist sings. He really belts it out. It's all in Portuguese | 
so I'm not really sure what the hell he's singing about. '(RM) 
(Original Master Records, Rua Eubelo 126, 04327-000, Sao Paulo- 1 
SP, BRAZIL) 




| THE DEMONICS - "Super Bee/Devil Baby" 

Decent garage rock with some pop sensibility. The songs lose 
I my interest halfway through though and I star t to trip out on the cool, 
Isparkly screen printing job on the cover. Plus you know what I can't 
I stand? Pictures of naked women on every fucking garage rock record 
I that's come out in the past four years. Come on people! Plus lyrics like 
("She's so fine — 69!"... I'm so sure. (PC) 
I (no address) 

nlltf iHljrjIrfLl THE DICKIES - "Make It So/Rock- 
■ .1 gLjl in' In The Free World" 
The masters of colored vinyl are 
back - this time with one new original and 
a NFJL YOUNG cover recorded live- 
on white vinyl. The original is typically 
DICKIES- very catchy, faster paced, 
poppish funny punk. Rather than a cold 
ending, however, they chose to fade it (I 
suppose that will make it easier for all the 
mOdERn ROcK djs.) The cover is a 
barely decent recording of a bad song. 
(KK) 
I (Triple X Records, PO Box 862529, Hollywood, CA 90086-2529) 



I DIESEL BOY - "Cock Rock" LP 

These guys are the shit! I liked them on the "Survival Of The 
I Fattest" comp and now I love them! They're kinda like, well, picture 
I LAG WAGON with thicker distortion and a damn good singer, and 
I then you'll have DIESEL BOY. Great punk with catchy lyrics that 
I should have you singing along in no time. This is however, one of the 
I sad occasions that they didn't send two copies. Now I'm sad. I think 
I I'll go out and buy it! You should too! (AT) 
I (Honest Don's Hardly Used Recordings, PO Box 192027, San Fran- 
cisco, CA 94119-2027) 



DISRUPT YOUTH - "Force Fed 
War" EP 

Once again Beer City Records 
presents some of the freshest sounds 
in punk and hardcore. DISRUPT 
YOUTH are a serious punk/HC out- 
fit from Australia who bludgeon you 
into submission with tough songs 
against war, unemployment and free- 
loaders. Strong vocals abound. Good 
guitar bass-drum assault This shit 
has real punk authority so all you 
college-rock, pop-punk motherfuck- 
ers steer clear! (BR) 
I (Beer City Records, PO Box 26035, Milwaukee, WI 53226) 



IDOGPISS - "Canine Urine" EP 

This borders the imaginary line I have between melody and 
I chaos - 1 don't particularly like melody, but if there's sufficient speed 
land verve, it's certainly not a hindrance. This hits the pace at times, 
I but lags at others. They work with simultaneous singers, which is 
I certainly difficult to do convincingly - it usually hits, with the occa- 
I sional miscue. A decent start - if they tighten it up, drink a few double 

I espressos (TM) 

(Rugger Bugger, PO Box 357, London SE19 IAD, ENGLAND) 




DOWNTIME - "Lose Yourself CD 

DOWNTIME'S first full length picks up where their debut EP I 
left off. 15 songs of mid-paced, pissed off, metallic hardcore that has 
some NYHC influences thrown in. As much as I like their style and | 
their approach, by track 15 it kinda blends into one continuing song. 
I believe this will grow on me after a couple more listens. (MW) 
(Phantom Records, PO Box A566, Sydney So 2000, AUSTRALIA) 



DRAGON ROJO - "Lightning" EP 

Out of the ashes of SOLID GOLD comes the DRAGON ROJO. 
This sounds a bit like TALES OF TERROR or other such rock stuff. I 
Very Rock, very Roll. Use of "Oh yeahs" blatantly, anyone that can 
do so with a straight face gets muy respect from yours truly. Just 
because it's a single don't think for a second that it's light on material. [ 
Why, the B side is like four minutes long. That's as long as a lot of | 
bands belt out two songs in. Two songs, rock. (FR) 
(Scooters Records, 622 25th St, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254) 



THE DRAGS - "Conspiracy/That 
Girl Is Coming Around" 

Too bad there's only two songs 
on this single, pretty fucking awe- 
some stuff here. This is what THE 
MAKERS used to sound like, very 
rough guitars and Jagger-like vo- 
cals. Excellent combo. (EC) 
(One Louder, PO Box 1NW, New- 
castle Upon Tyne, NE99 1NW, EN- 
GLAND) 



THE DREAD/THE ADVERSrVES - split 10" 

THE DREAD play decent hardcore and have stuck around for I 
longer than any Concord band I can think of. Their faster songs like 
"Mad" are fairly rockin'. THE ADVERSIVES play a similar brand 
of HC, but their occasional tuneless and retarded back-up vocals 
make them more fun. (JN) 
(Six Weeks, PO Box 6573, Concord, CA 94524) 




DRUNKEN NUNS - "Furto Con 
Destrezza" EP 

It seems there's a strong skin- 
head scene in Italy right now, lotsa oi 
bands, and this is okay ANGELIC 
UPSTARTS/BUSINESS minus the 
choruses, I don't know, I was work- 
ing class once, so I dug oi. Now I'm 
below poverty level and they annoy 
me very fast. (EC) 
(Knock Out Records, Postfach 
100716, Dinslaken 46527, GERMA- 
NY) 









DYNAMITE BOY/THE IMPOSSIBLES - split 45 

A couple of Austin bands with two takes on a similar theme. 
That theme being pop punk. DYNAMITE BOY do the more tradi- 
tional high speed version. Like a faster, hi-fi version of JAWBREAK- 
ER. A lot like BROCCOLLI. THE IMPOSSIBLES are more of the I 
mid-tempo melodic thing with musical references to 
THE BEATLES and DC stuff. Both sides are really enjoyable. (LH) 
(Matt, 4504 Elwood, Austin, TX 78762) 



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ITHE DUMMIES - LP 

I The greatest record to come out, ever! Alright, maybe I'm a 

■little bit wacked right now, but I have to tell you that since I got this 

I record three days ago, I haven't listened to anything else so you know 

I it's got to be pretty damn good. Great in-your-face, fast, catchy, 

I energetic punk rock. The best guitar sound in rock today too, and 

I fortunately it's right up front in the mix. The vocals are screamed, yet 

I pretty low so you can't make out the lyrics. Luckily, they provide a 

I lyric sheet for some of the songs so you can read how funny (in the 

I stupid sense) they are. This is so great. (CK) 

I (Get Hip Recordings, PO Box 666, Canonsburg, PA 15317) 



DYLAN'S RIFLE/LUBIN DOLLYS 
- split EP 

These two Pennsylvania bands 
don't seem to be breaking any new 
ground with their xeroxed pro-NRA 
cover (is this a joke?). DYLAN'S 
RIFLE play pretty simple sounding 
punk (kind of like the LIVING END) 
with good lyrics dealing with society 
and being an individual. LUBIN 
DOLLYS had no lyric sheet but with 
songs like "I Love Liquor" and 
"Lustqueen" (which sounds like the 
HELLBILL YS) you can probably get 

Ian idea of what they're singing about. Substandard release that 

I didn't hold my interest. (CE) 
(Reddog Records, 202 N. 23rd St, Camp Hill, PA 17011) 




EXCRUCIATING TERROR - "Expression Of Pain" CD 

Ouch! This band will rip out your toenails and give you I 
nightmares for weeks. 17 cuts of, well, terror! Think NEUROSIS, 
newer DOOM, EXTREME NOISE TERROR. Slow and thick, with 
brutal, furious vocals that sound like John Davis' Ducati burning I 
steel shot instead of gasoline. Get this and go to see this band, but if I 
you're pregnant ask your doctor first. (BB) 
(Theologian Records, PO Box 1070, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254) 



THE EXPLOITED - "Troops Of Tomorrow" CD 

This is a reissue of the above mentioned LP and includes the 
"Dead Cities", "Alternative" and "Computers Don't Blunder" sin- 
gles as well. Retard cover art aside this contains twenty songs of I 
classic leather and bristles punk that blows most of today's shit out I 
of the water. (RM) 
(Dojo Records, PO Box 684, New York, NY 10150) 



FIVE BOOTS - "Le Nostre Piccole Storie" 10" 

This band is all over as far as it's sound is concerned. The first I 
two songs on the a side sound like Chicago style pop-punk (SCREECH- 
ING WEASEL, VINDICTIVES, etc..) but with really gruff vocals. 
These are then followed by a fast number that sounds like early west 
coast hardcore. Then it's two more pop tunes. As for the B side, two 
of the songs are slow pub-rock sing a' longs, while the other two 
originals are upbeat songs with a bit of a MAJOR ACCIDENT thing 
going on. All this is topped off with a SHAM 69 cover. (RM) 
(Applequince Records, Via Di Mezzo 12, 01100 Viterbo, ITALY) 



|EAGLE BRAVO - "The Kids Are Not All Right" EP 

From the burgeoning hardcore scene in the Carolina's come 

IEAGLE BRAVO, with a melodic, driving hardcore sound reminis- 
cent of other locals RIGHTS RESERVED and UNHERD. At times 

I things get a bit JAWBREAKER-esque, with parts heavy on guitar 

I braking up some of the songs, only here it is faster and less polished. 

I The meaning of the lyrics aren't handed to you, which works pretty 

I well here with a band that seem to fall into the "we are not amused" 

lend of the punk spectrum. (TH) 

I (Crunchy Music Records, 908-B Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 
27403) 



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THE EFFIGIES - "V.M.Live" EP 

Five songs on this here live 
plastic disk. A couple of great old 
time tunes, "Body Bag" and "Securi- 
ty". This band used to pack a punch. 
We would drive from Michigan to 
Chicago to see them. According to 
this representation, I wouldn't drive 
to Berkeley to see them. The room 
sounds flat, the band is galvanized 
old school and the fans express bore- 
dom. I'm not one for live recordings. 
You have to be there to feel the emo- 
tions. I just hope that the BIG BOYS 
I never try to reform or reunite. You had to be there in those days and 
I if you weren't then this record doesn't put you there. (SM) 
(VMLive, PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131) 



18-BALL SHIFTER - "Hanson" CD 

Solid quasi-surf, punk, psychobilly from MA - ten songs which 
I pick and choose influences and combine into a quasi-psychobilly surf 
I thing. Ten songs which are generally speaking quite good, and worth 
la few listens to. (LD) 
(Clamarama, PO Box 422, AUston, MA 02134) 



FIVE BY NINE - "Recognize" CD 

'Flavor of the Month' mid-tempo punk from out of Georgia. 1 1 
would describe their sound as falling somewhere between AVAIL | 
and the OFFSPRING. Not bad, not good, just there. (CW) 
(One Foot Records, PO Box 3834, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-0592) 



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THE 5.6.7.8's 
It's Rainy" 

I love this band, so this review 
really ain't fair. Some years ago I 
really didn't care fer 'em, but I've 
changed my mind. I'm in love with 
the bass player "Omo". The credits 
on the back say she also plays "or- 
gan". Oh my godlll I love you 
Omo!!!!!.' As far as this single goes, 
side A is an original, rockin' with 
that '50s/'60s style that they're into. 
Side B is a cover by whom the fuck I 

don't know but this is the one that got me here....slow, I 

RONETTES style, with sounds of rain, broken English.... and just 
straight out sex appeal. These girls ain't posers, they've been at it a | 
long time....and they fucking rock!!!!!!!!! (SW) 
(Sympathy) 



THE FLIM-FLAMS - 12" 

Total new wave. Like TOTO COELLO (those girls who sang I 
"I Eat Cannibals"... 'member?) meet the SURF PUNKS (cheesy 
syntho-punk circa 1979). There's absolutely nothing modern about 
this. Close your eyes and you're playing Space Invaders at the 
Clayton skateboard park. They would 've been average back then, 
now they just stand out for being a novelty. And the songs are way too 
damn long (4-7 minutes each!). This gave me a headache. I apologize I 
in advance to the next band I have to review. (PC) 
(V.M.L., PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131) 






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I FORCED EXPRESSION/AVULSION - split EP 

Two bands I've been harping about for a while now - seems 
I fitting they'd share a single. Both bands here have the 'ex-members 
I of tag, though it's certainly more important what they're doing now. 
IFORCED EXPRESSION pull through seven frenzied tracks that 
I approach warp speed - at times it's so fast you can barely tell what's 
I going on. Fine by me! AVULSION are more technical, incorporating 
■more tempo/style shifts. Either way, you'll get your daily dose of 
I uncompromising hardcore. (TM) 
(Recalcitrant Noise, 425 4th St. NE #2, Minneapolis, MN 55413) 



|FOUR INCHES FROM THE FLOOR - "Mohuncher!" 45 

With that name and musically cranked up songs like "I Hate 
I Disco", I'd expect some biting, angry, or at least funny lyrics, but 
IFD7TF kinda blow it on that one. "5:30" on the other hand is a sure 
I mosh pit starter. "5:30" shreds hard as these guys deliver one heck of 
Ian angst-ridden burst of raw energy. (HM) 
KChaunch Records, 2112 Cottage Way, Vista, CA 92083) 



FOXY - "Jesse James/The Wizard" 
Seems like Green Bay's been 
pumping out some decent stuff lately, 
and this here 45 t'aint no exception. 
Side A features a cover of the classic 
"Jesse James" set to some memora- 
ble stomping punk rock, while the B- 
side "The Wizard" follows up quite 
nicely with an even catchier number 
with distorted vocals and goofy laser 
sounds. Very good record, not so good 
band name. (LD) 
I (Blue Baby Records, 423 Dousman St, Green Bay, WI 54303) 



|FULLY LOADED - "Skindheads-4-Ever" 12" EP 

Oi! Oi! Oi! Another fuckin' street punk triumph for Vulture 
I Rock. The newest oi supergroup, FULLY LOADED consists of 
I Adrian (vox) + Mike (drums) of the TOUGHSKINS, Stan (bass) of 

BOVVER WONDERLAND and Bill (guitar) of THE AUTHORI- 
I TYS. The combination of talent really works in this instance. Listen 
Ito "Kaos On The Run" or "Skinheads Forever" and you'll get the 
lidea. "Yearning In Bed" celebrates drinking stout and getting laid. 
I What more needs to be said? All four songs are top-flight oi music. If 
I you want to add some really good street punk to your collection go get 
I this EP immediately! (BR) 

(Vulture Rock, PO Box 40104, Albuquerque, NM 87196) 



|GAIA-"ThisOne"LP 

A by-product of their U.S. tour of last year, this is six new studio 
I tracks and five live tracks recorded at Gilman Street. Anyone who 
I had the pleasure to personally witness GAIA won't be surprised by 
I the new stuff- agile metallic hardcore that lets up only enough for you 
Ito catch your breath. While they have become almost as known for 
I being a all female band, it's the downright ferocious execution that 
I will continue to win over the real fans. Even with my predisposition 
■against live recordings, the sheer impact of this band is obvious. 
I Awesome! (TM) 
(Sound Pollution, PO Box 17742, Covington, KY 41017) 



IGAUZE-CD 

An essential bootleg CD from one of the most influential 
I Japanese hardcore acts. Putting the varying opinions on bootlegs 
■aside, this collects most of GAUZE's material (missing the tracks 

from the "City Rocker" comp and the "Live In Scotland" LP). It's 
I nice to have it all in one package, and if you're like me, you'll never 
I have a chance in hell of finding the originals. On a side note, they're 
I still jamming and will have toured the US before this gets published. 

(MW) 
I (no address) 



GEEZERS - "Pronounced 'Geezers'" CD 

This Chicago band writes a great many topical songs, but fail the I 
rock test in that they don't. Rock, that is. Standard BPM, growly vocals I 
and stop-start-uuugh dynamics all add up to boredom for me. A shame | 
really, 'cause I kinda liked their "Soccer Hooligans" 7". (RW) 
(Underdog Records, 252 N. Elston Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60614) I 



THE GLORY STOMPERS/THE TEMPLARS - split 12" 

You fuckin' lucky street punks have a treat this month! This is I 
some of the best oi you're going to hear anywhere. THE GLORY 
STOMPERS lead off with a killer track "We're Here To Stay", and 
follow up with a well thought out song about losing your job and 
losing your grasp on life, "Luck Wasn't His Friend", the final song, 
is another bit of intelligent oi music: "We're the kids of today, we 
won't let you push us down or smash us to the ground. We just want 
to live our lives and have a say." THE TEMPLARS' side of this Utile 
masterpiece continues the strong oi message. The energetic street 
punk accompanies good lyrics. In "Easy Way Out" Carl Fritscher 
(singer/guitarist) writes: 'There's no pride in ignorance a fool has no 
dignity, you have to work for your future coz nothing in life is free." 
In "Concrete Grave", THE TEMPLARS lament: "Another dead 
body in the concrete jungle, lying on the street amongst the rubble, 
destined to lose like those who've come before." This record is great! 
Go get it! (BR) 

(Knock Out Records, Postfach 100716, 46527 Dinslaken, GERMA- 
NY) 



GLUE/D.P. LE ODD - split EP 

Okay, I'll come clean and admit that I was in one of these bands I 
a long time ago, but Tim couldn't think of anyone else (from a pool 
of around 40 reviewers!) to give this to, so I promise I'll try to be 
objective. GLUE put the final nail in the coffin of a questionable 
career by releasing a re-recorded version of a song that's at least | 
three years old. Why? Their other song here is an excellent surf- 
inspired instrumental, which makes it hard for me to believe they I 
couldn't come up with anything else. Whatever. There's no docu- 
mentation here to give me a clue who D.P. LE ODD are, but they play 
excellent pissed-off punk rock, hectic and energetic, and veering into 
the territory of the weird at times. "My Fist Your Face" is a classic. 
(AM) 

(Flotsam And Jetsam c/o G Davidson, b/2 185 Kent Rd, Charing I 
Cross, Glasgow G3 7HD, SCOTLAND) 



GOATBOY - "Marty Freidman" EP 

Something tells me this is not that same GOATBOY that plays I 
such tuneful rebellion music from Canada. This one sounds more I 
rocking and less political. At their finest moments reminding me of I 
Chi Pig (SNFU) singing for a garage band. Both songs seem to find | 
a groove and shy away from moving too far away from it. Works | 
pretty well on one of the songs. Not bad. (BG) 
(Elsinore Records, PO Box 863, Urbana, IL 61801) 



GOLD MEDAL - "7/14/67" EP 

I apologize again to this band and to the greater Chicago area, I 
but I'm just not into this. I dunno. Maybe I just don't understand 
stop-n-go fuzz-jangle mid-tempo art-core. Maybe this is just boring 
and bad. Or maybe it's the headache I have from that FLIM-FLAMS 
record. Look, I'm quitting the reviewing business and going to I 
Portland to drink with the punks! (PC) 
(Sweet Pea Records, 2144 W. Farragut Ave., Chicago, DL 60625) 



GRACE - "Jap" EP 

This is totally great! Should I even be surprised? Almost ev- 1 
erything pop punk I hear out of Japan these days rocks. Totally 
catchy with innovative parts and really strong female vocals. Great 
lyrics with an extremely English sounding singer. Melodic and 
upbeat all the way through reminding me of really early 
JAWBREAKER mixed with TILT's better moments. Cool. (LH) 
(Mangrove Label, 103/24-18, 3 Chome, Kamishakujii, Nerima-ku, I 
JAPAN) 



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|GRABBERS - "The Hand You're Dealt" CD 

The GRABBERS is to '90s L.A. punk what ILL REPUTE was 
I t0 h ^?? core ' we,ve y ears a S°> and **»* is boring, generic and unorigi- 
Inal. The main problem is the annoying helium-filled sounding vocal- 
I !™ who is not right for their ult ra-clean, semi-melodic unmemorable 
I 90s punk with stupid lyrics like "A finger fucking first date sounds 
I preMy good to me". There's lots of "oohhs and ahhs" for you Epi/Fat 
I fans. I wish bands like this would spend less money on their instru- 
Iments and studio time. Also, what's up with blatant "Black Flys" 
I sunglasses logo endorsement on the band 's picture? Just because you 
I have cool shades doesn't mean you can play good punk music. (EY) 
I (Fearless Records, 13772 Goldenwest St, Westminster, CA 92683) 

| GRAPEFRUIT - "Dorkabilly Stew" CD 

Wow! Three guys in t-shirts and skater shorts... I can't wait. I 
I hope these guys are in school. Song titles include "Huh?", "Santa 
I Wears Doc Martens" and "Rastapunkitis". Goofy and fun, I threw 
I mine into the street. My scowl lines deepen another quarter inch. 
I thanks a lot guys. (RW) 
[(Second Guess Records, PO Box 9382, Reno, NV 89507) 



THE GRUMPIES - "Like Any Other 
Day" EP 

Well lemme tell ya, you're not 
gonna like this if you don't like shrieky 
teenage vocals, and that's what this 
band is all about. Think 12-year-olds 
(though I'm sure they're older than 
that) who listen to way too much 
Lookout Records stuff. It's cute, 
punk, annoying, horrible, and cool 
all at the same time. After a few 
bottles of Whup-Ass I'll think this is 
great They invite you to Mississippi 
I for corn bread. That's so rad. (PC) 
(Shredder, 75 Plum Tree Lane #3, San Rafael, CA 94901) 

IHAMMERBRAIN - "Outside Your Door/Cheap" 

I Two catchy punk songs that sound like a mixture of mid period 

I REPLACEMENTS with late STIFF LITTLE FINGERS. It certain- 

lly has it's rock overtones. But those are made up for by the rough 

■production which adds a good edge. (LH) 

I (no address) 



ITHE HAVOCS - "Hit Songs For Bowlers" EP 

There are no songs songs about bowling, just inspired by the 
■sport. Pretty straightforward, rockin' rock and roll. Songs are 
I catchy, fast and short and, although the energy doesn't quite come 
I through on the record, I'd really like to see them live. (CK) 
I (Uncool Records, 510 Van Home St, Sudbury, ON, P3B 2X4, CAN- 
IADA) 



HAYDOCK, RON - "Sounds Like 
Ron Haydock" EP 

The late great RON HAY- 
DOCK is a King, a fucking Rock and 
Roll God, as anyone who's seen R.D. 
Steckler's cinematic masterpiece 
"(The Adventures of) Rat Pfink A 
Boo Boo" or heard the long out-of- 
print LP of his work with the BOP- 
PERS can attest. Norton Records, in 
their continuing quest to do right by 
doing good have put out a CD of 
H Haydock (but no vinyl release? 
Alas...) as well as put out this EP 

I which is for the already-converted as it's good but not HAYDOCK at 

I his wildest. (DD) 

I (Norton Records, PO Box 646 Cooper Stn, New York, NY 10003) 





HIM KEROSENE - "Caper" CDEP 

Pop punk heavy fast and furious. Melodic, but not wimpy in 
your face music. The vocals remind me of Mac from SUPER- 
CHUNK. All of the songs have the same loud intricate guitar sound 
yet they are distinct from each other. A full length from these guvs 
would be killer. (MM) ' 

(Birdnest Records, Box 385, 90108 Umea, SWEDEN) 



HOLDEN PAYNE & THE AGO- 
NIES - "Shuffle Along" CD 

This band treads water in a 
part of the rock pool that's a little 
slimy from lack of movement., say 
Seattle-sounds circa 1990 with a lit- 
tle countroid influence courtesy har- 
monica. It clicks okay on "Califor- 
nia... Why?", but the rest is a little 
flat. Not bad, just average. Uh. (RW) 
(Empty Records, PO Box 12034, Se- 
attle, WA 98102) 



HOMOMHJTIA - "Twoje Cialo - Twoj Wybor" LP 

Poland's premier hardcore band certainly doesn't disappoint 
- this being the follow-up to their great split singles, I certainly had 
high expectations. Continuing to pair their ardently intelligent lyrics 
with forceful and uncompromising hardcore - if only there were 
more bands with this combination! I might not be able to sing along, 
but I'm eertainly in total support of what they're fighting for! (TM) 
(Nikt Nic Nie Wie, PO Box 53, 34-400 Nowy Targ, POLAND) 

HORACE PINKER - "Burn Tempe To The Ground" CD 

That's funny, I was just the other day wondering what ever 
happened to these guys. It's been a few years since I'd last heard 
them, but they still seem to lean heavily on strong hooks and sweet 
harmonies, pushed along by punchy fast punk. The real difference on 
this CD though, seems to be in the lyric department They show 
mature insight and clever humor in all the right spots. Like getting 
a late night call from an old friend. (BG) 
(One Foot Records, PO Box 3834, Cherry Hills, NJ 08034) 

HOURGLASS - "Cyl" EP 

Lots of throaty screams top off this sometimes raging/some- 1 
times moody hardcore. The music's thick, and the production ampli- 
fies that density. Not generic. MEREL comes to mind. Includes an 
awesome fits-in-your-palm lyric booklet that is uniquely 1/6 size, as 
far as dimensions go in the zine world. (KG) 
(Immigrant Sun Records, PO Box 421, Buffalo, NY 14223) 

HOWITZER - "Fat Math" EP 

Good, melodic punk rock with both popish and hardcore I 
influences. While the lyrics leave something to be desired - unless 
you're into teenagers singing about ugly girls - it is pretty good 
musically. All four songs are very catchy and easy to hum along to. 
Not great, but definitely worth a listen if this is your type of music. 
(KK) 
(Elevator Music, PO Box 1502, New Haven, CT 06511) 



HOWITZER/THE SKEGS-splitEP 
HOWITZER sound like San 
Jose skate rock; they're good, though 
plain. Stupid lyrics. THE SKEGS are 
fast and chorus-y, mucho drumrolls. 
Rad sample on THE SKEGS side. 
Get this if you have trouble sleeping. 
(BB) 

(Fawcett St. Records, PO Box 254, 
Rye, NY 10580) 



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IGGY AND THE STOOGES - "I 
Got A Right/Head On" 

Whaddafuk! The B side 
sounds like it was recorded on mud 
with a signal-to-noise ratio of nega- 
tive quazillion or something, a track 
purportedly from 1973. The A side is 
yet another mix or take of "I Got 
A..." which is just what punkrock- 
dum really needs now but... I don't 
have a fuggin' copy of the LP so I 
have no idea how it stands up, but it 
rocks okay (not like you've heard this 



I tune before). Is this like a bootleg or something? (HD) 
I (Direct Promotions) 



I INFEST - "Still Fighting" CD 

Fuck yeah!! This disc contains everything this band has ever 
I recorded, from the EPs, the 8" Slap A Ham flexi, the "Slave" LP, 
[demos, and the cut off the "Apocalyptic Convulsions" 10". The 
I recording for this disc was taken straight of the records, so at times 
■you'll hear surface noise, 'it's almost like you're listening to vinyl'! 
I Fast to mid-tempo hardcore with a dark and heavy edge combined 
I with a bit of straight-edge and metal, and lyrically pissed off. INFEST 
I were an awesome hardcore band that has influenced countless bands 
■in the past few years, many under the banner of power-violence. 
I Check the review section of any hardcore zine and you'll see bands 
I compared to these guys. Fuckin' awesome stuff. (MA) 
I (no label, no address) 



ITHE INVALIDS - "Out Of My Head" CD 

Good production on this barrage of pop punk enthusiasm. It's 
[a fun but simple puzzle. High speed pop punk with song titles like 

"Brandt's Retarded", "I Don't Wanna Girlfriend" and "Shut Up"... 
[Here's a clue: rhymes with Preaching Easel. (LH) 

(Second Guess Records, PO Box 9382, Reno, NV 89507) 



| JENIGER/EBOLA - split EP 

This is actually from a while ago - seems that it didn't get 
| reviewed previously for whatever reason. It's too bad - as it's one of 
| the few records that's both a great listen and strikingly intelligent. 
IjENIGER crank out another paint-peeling mass of noise - best be 
[sitting down for this one. The German EBOLA continue to pile it on 
[- pounding hardcore that's cleaner than the flip without getting 
| wimpy or melodic (they also crank out a great RATOS DE PORAO 
[cover). As mentioned, neither band wastes time with being vague - 
|you'll not be left wondering where they are coming from! (TM) 
[(Yellow Dog, PO Box 550208, D- 10371 Berlin, GERMANY) 



|THE JIMMIES/THE WEAKLINGS - split LP 

Two Portland, OR bands share this plate. The JIMMIES are 
[more on the pop side of punk and occasionally could use of boost of 
[energy, while The WEAKLINGS are snottier sounding punk that 
| hangs tougher. Actually, both are good bands, and the recordings do 

them right. (TY) 

(Bitter Sweet Records, 920 Broadway #1043, New York, NY 10010) 



| JOHN SMITH/BOSSK - spilt EP 

Both bands deliver the meat on this packaged deal. Both bands 

| have that Midwest grinding stop/start approach. Gives me a taste of 
GODHEADSILO and HAMMERHEAD. This is the second vinyl 
appearance of JOHN SMITH. This is the kind of brutal heavy sludge 

| that you would find in small towns across the U.S.A. Well worth the 

1 3 bones. Driving, strange yet compulsive noise all at once. (SM) 

| (Meat Records, PO Box 10203, Fargo, ND 58106) 




JUG OR NOT- "6:30" EP 

Progressive pop punk with occasional abrassive moments. 
Sounds a lot like J CHURCH in a fistfight with SHADES APART. 
Too soft around the edges for my taste. (CW) 
(Vapor Records, 165 Tracy Rd, Lake Mary, FL 32746) 



JUMPIN LAND MINES - "Kurt- 
On-Call/H.4." 

Traditional, late '70s British 
style punk rock. Lots of guitars, sing- 
ing that's more like yelling, and a 
serious dose of attitude. Recommend- 
ed. (KK) 

(Familyman Records, 4007 Lindsey 
Cir, Lincoln, NE 68524-1030) 



KAAOS - "Valtio Tuhoaa Ei Raken- 
na" EP 

Here you've got some unre- 
leased stuff from an 1983 recording 
session. This is excellent Finnish 
hardcore, full of thrashing guitar 
work and vocals packed with fury. 
The packaging is top notch, and it 
folds out into a poster of the band. 
You really can't go wrong by picking 
this one up. (RC) 

(Fight Records, Turtolanmaenkatu 
6 D 31, 33710 Tampere, FINLAND) 



KAUNEUS & TERVEYS - "Inhaa Mataa" EP 

Six hard and angry songs of Finnish punk (not Finnish hard- 
core), sung in Finnish. Sounds vaguely like an '80s straight-edge I 
hardcore band in the US, but I'm at a bit of a loss for the other 
elements. A strange record to say the least. Apparently they were I 
around from 1983-88 and then got back together in '95. Very 
polished sound. Not easy to pigeonhole. (FR) 
(P. Tuotanto, Box 69, 40101 JKL, FINLAND) 



KEPONE/PEGBOY - "Dangermare/The Ghost" 

Two solid tunes from two Midwestern milk-fed bands here. 
PEGBOY does a solid melodic punk rock tune with big guitars, hooks I 
that grab and dig in and the requisite "oooh, oooh's" background 
vocal thingeys, which makes the song oh so hummable (sort of a 
Pavlovian thing, I think). Though good as PB's song is, I think 
I actually prefer KEPONE'S contribution that sounds like to me a 
more melodic, less prog NOMEANSNO with certain new wave and 
DC (a kind way of saying "could be influenced by Mr. MacKaye and 
Co.") references. But all in all both tunes are worth hearing, so there. 
(HD) 
(Quarterstick, PO Box 25342, Chicago, IL 25348) 



THE KING JAMES VERSION - 
"Drink You In" EP 

These punks from the town of | 
Rocky, cheese steaks, and M.O.VJL 
bombings, provide a seven inch pret- 
ty high up on the "spooky" meter. 
This record comes very close to what 
I used to think the CRAMPS sound- 
ed like when I would briefly look at 
their album covers before flipping to 
the latest YOUTH OF TODAY clone. 
It was only later that I found out the 
CRAMPS weren't quite as spooky as 
I'd thought. The KING JAMES VERSION probably won't give you I 
nightmares but there is a song titled "Hell's Eggs" and the cover is | 
nicely silk screened with a skull. Yikes! (TH) 
(Hot Water Music, 524 Watkins St, Philadelphia, PA 19148) 




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IKNUCKLEHEAD - "Ode To The Ole Reliables..." 10" 

This band sounds way too much like RANCID. This 10" gives 
I us 6 originals and a cover of "California Sun" by the RIVIERAS. 
I Songs about beer, girls, going to shows, etc. They try a little ska sound 
Ion a couple songs to mix with the other generic "Hey Hey!" chanting 
■ numbers. Didn't sound too original to me (I wonder if they take 
I fashion tips from Tim Armstrong as well?). (CE) 
(Melodiya, 2523 17th Ave. SW, Calgary, AB, T3E OA2, CANADA) 



|KUD IDUOTI - "Megapunk" LP 

This Yugoslavian band has been around for 15 years, so it's 
I natural for them to play every style of punk music: Hardcore, Oi!, 
I Pub rock, Pop Punk and let me tell you the results are great! Try to 
I find this if you can. (EC) 
(Bonaca, V. Nazora 19, 52100 Pula, CROATIA) 



KUD IDUOTI - 'Tuck" EP 

Sometimes the easiest way to 
describe a band is also the most accu- 
rate. That said, I'm going to officially 
declare KUD IDUOTI "the Croat- 
ian ISOCRACY", because they dress 
kind of the same, and it looks like 
they have a few spiritual bonds with 
that late, (un)lamented East Bay 
band. Musically it's well-polished, 
upbeat punk with a few odd twists 
and turns thrown into the mix, weird 
effects on the vocals, you know what 
1 1 mean. Good luck finding a copy of this lying around your local Sam 

Goody. (JR) 

(Bonaca, V. Nazora 19, 52100 Pula, CROATIA) 



|KURO/THE COMES - split CD 

Yet another bootleg from the person who brought you the 
I GAUZE and GISM CDs. You '11 be stage diving to the oldies with this 
I one. This CD includes pretty much all the vinyl output of both bands. 
I (Except for COMES' second album) Both bands are classic early- 
I mid '80s Japanese punk. KURO are good, but COMES are awesome. 
I Fast catchy punk with a jangly loose feel. But its the raging female 
I vocals that catch your ear and won't let go. Yeah! (RC) 
I (no address) 



|L.E.S. STITCHES - "Could Just Die" 45 

Not nearly as punk as their photo on the back or the real 
[STITCHES who are just called THE STITCHES. Why don't these 
I guys just change their name? It's too confusing I tell ya. Anyway, it 
I sounds like the fake STITCHES have quite the studio budget which 
I they should 've just saved 'cause I understand it's pretty expensive to 
llive in NYC (not like Oregon that's for sure). Or else they should've 
I waited until they had some better songs than the fake SUPER- 
ICHUNK-style one and the other totally unmemorable four-chord 
I pop-core one. Bye everyone. Been nice reviewin' for ya! (PC) 
(Holy Plastic, PO Box 46, Huntington, NY 11743) 



I LAST RESORT - "The Best Of..." LP 
Goodness gracious it's LAST RESORT! That's all I had to see. 

II knew this would be damn good! LAST RESORT is your classic 
I British oi band that'll have you swinging a brew as you unconsciously 
Ising along to their classic anthems in no time! British oi at its finest. 
[Buy now!! (AT) 

I (Step-1 Music, PO Box 21, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7ZZ, ENGLAND) 



| THE LEFTOVERS - "Gravy Train" EP 

Uhhh... Catchy, well-produced East Bay punk recorded by 
iBillie Joe of "yes, that band!". Ex members of FIFTEEN. They broke 
I up, so if you want to see them it'll have to be in hell, punker. (BB) 
(2873 Goularte, Pinole, CA 94564) 



"The Boy's No Good/Somewhere In The Swamps Of 



LIFETIME 
Jersey" 

I've never really listened to this band too much in the past, but 
this 7" is pretty good and makes me want to check out some of their 
previous releases. They deliver 2 really short songs making me wish 
there was more on this! Kind of fast, melodic punk reminding me a 
little of JAWBOX on their first EP. Not the typical "sxe emo hand 
clapping" music I'd expected. This 7" has definitely opened my mind 
to this band. There's no doubt fans will enjoy this. (CE) 
(Jade Tree, 2310 Kennwynn Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810) 



LILLINGTONS - "I Lost My Marbles" EP 

It's produced by Joe Queer, so it's good. Simple unpretentious 
catchy mid-tempo poppy tunes which are all pretty good. (MC) 
(Skull Duggery, 77 Scituate Ave, Scituate, MA 02066) 



LINE OF FIRE - "Your Side" EP 

This band is fucking great!!! 
As soon as the stylus grooved into the 
first groove of this record I was 
speechless, I swear! Excellent hard- 
core that combines the old styles with 
today's current sound, from pound- 
ing thrash to mosh, without going too 
far in either direction. Just the right 
amount to get the adrenalin racing. 
The vocals are ugly as hell, with a 
blood gurgling and torn throat tissue 
sound that produces some good lyr- 
ics that send an intelligent message. (MA) 

(Unity Power Records c/o Dan Horlitz, 76 Winthrop Rd, Windsor, 
CT 06095) 



LIPMONGER - "Hook, Line And Sinker" EP 

A batch of catchy lo-fi pop punk. It's a little sloppy and a little I 
noisy, but that helps make it memorable and I'm not kidding when 
I say it adds a lot of character. I don't know about the lyrics. But the 
artwork makes me think they spend all their free time sitting around 
beating off. I could be wrong. (LH) 
(Negative Progression Records, PO Box 55580, Atlanta, GA 30308) 



THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS - "The 
Kids Are Restless/ Engulf And De- 
vour" 

Catchy pop rock with a edge. 
Both songs are about "the kids" but 
are really good with strong melodic 
vocals. Would be better if they turned 
up the guitars and rocked out a little 
harder. Aside from that, it's a great 
single. (MM) 

(Melted Records,21-4134Ave.#10A, 
Long Island City, NY 11106-4321) 



THE LOWER CLASS BRATS- "A 
Wrench In the Gear" EP 

This band is always hit and miss 
with me and this release does nothing 
to change that. The A side is really 
gritty street punk that rules, but the 
backing vocals on the chorus go way 
overboard and ruined it for me, com- 
ing off as a bit cheesy. The B side is the 
kicker on this release. Gritty, 3-chord 
music and gruff vocals that slapped 
me upside the head in much the same 
way as the FOUR SKINS or the AN- 
GELIC UPSTARTS did when I first heard them. (RM) 
(Helen Of Oi! Records, Flat 3, 15 Spring Gardens, Ventnor, Isle of I 
Wight, P038 1QX, ENGLAND) 




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LUKE SKAWALKER - "Seven o' 
Six" EP 

This schizophrenic band can't 
seem to decide whether it's a ska band 
or a hardcore band, which worksmost- 
ly in their favor. "Can U Feel It?" is 
standard, slow ska-pop with off-tune 
vocals in the style of THE SELEC- 
TOR, but most of the rest of the EP 
settles into a male-vocal rant with a 
band that's almost, but not quite, tight 
enough to handle the ska parts. Just 
1 misses on both counts. (SS) 
1(2501 Indian Ridge Dr, Glenview, IL 60025) 



ITHE MAGIC SPLATTERS - "You're So Boring" EP 

THE FEEDERZ? THE BIG BOYS? No, it's THE MAGIC 
I SPLATTERS. The A side from this kicking German punk quartet is 
I the track "You're So Boring" and, ironically, is pretty monotonous 
I in the oi-ish vein and drags on for like four minutes, (but maybe tha t 's 
I the point). The B side holds two rare and precious gems that definitely 
I deserve a listen. Late '70s style punk, in English. (FR) 
I (Get Happy Records, Falkensteiner Str 27, 60322 Frankfurt, GER- 
MANY) 



MEATMEN - "VJVLLive Presents" EP 

If you can get past the unnecessary self-indulgent spiel that I 
graces the back of this live EP (#8 of a series) and the lack of I 
interesting front sleeve you'll get to listen to an OK live recording of 
the infamous ("are they still around?") MEATMEN. At least the 
song selection is pretty good, which includes such legendary MEAT 
classics like "Toolin For Anus", "Meatmen Stomp", an amusing 
version of GANG GREEN's "Alcohol" as well as a later classic 
"Abba, God & Me". Pretty much for fans only (but who isn't a fan 
of Tesco & Co.?), and far as the recording making me feel like I'm 
there, I don't think muddy sound quality cuts it I guess you've never 
heard the RAMONES - "It's Alive"! (EY) 
(V.M.L., PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131) 



MIDDLE CLASS - "You Dug Your Own Grave - Now Die In It!" EP | 
In the off chance that you're not a butterfly-collecting trivia- 
hound like some of us I could mention, here's the story to put it all into I 
perspective. MIDDLE CLASS were just about the fastest, hardest 
punk band around in their heyday (somewhere around '78- '79), and 
were one of the first - if not Me first - "hardcore" band. The fact that 
people are still ripping their sound off — sometimes without even | 
realizing it— just proves how groundbreaking the band really was. 
This bootleg collects their "Out Of Vogue" EP from '78 and pairs it I 
with two tracks off the 1979 "Tooth And Nail" compilation. What 
does it sound like? Fast, desperate, absolutely genuine, essential 
"hardcore" with great, intelligent lyrics and more soul than a dozen | 
"emo" bands could ever muster. (JR) 
(Borderline Records/Absolute Records, no address) 



IMANDINGO - "Macho Grande" LP 

MANDINGO is alright, but not as good as ZOINKS! or BOLL- 
I WEEVILS (also on the same label). The sound is kinda in the 
IBROWN LOBSTER TANK area, which I myself am not to fond of. 
I Cool cover art, too bad the band wasn't so hot. (AT) 
(Dr. Strange, PO Box 7000-117, Alta Loma, CA 91701) 



|MANDINGO/ZOINKS! - split EP 

ZOINKS! play generic dated pop-punk. Sounds like they've 
(been listening to too much GREEN DAY. MANDINGO has a bit of 
I hardcore energy, and the poppier of their two songs has harmonies. 
I OK, but nothing special. (MC) 
(Dr. Strange, PO Box 7000-117, Alta Loma, CA 91701) 



|THE MANGES - "I Was A Teenage Rocker" EP 

There's tons of bands coming out of Italy right now who are 
I really into THE QUEERS, SCREECHING WEASEL, and worship 
I anything out on Lookout, whatever. Six songs on this — if you like the 
I above bands you'll like this. (EC) 

|(Krakatoa Records c/o Luca Goti, Via Broni 4, Torino 10126, ITA- 
LY) 



MASHERS - "Invasion of the Lob- 
ster Men" EP 

Semi-fast garage punk, with 
growly vocals (to make it sound more 
tough, I guess). Not sucky, not great 
Feeble lyrics, oh man, real bad, but 
you know, that can be so easily over- 
looked if you're too busy howling 
and fist wagging to read them as you 
listen, rather than later as a fun bed- 
time story or something. Let's just 
say I found the time before the fist 
side had ended. (RY) 
North St, Elgin, IL 60120) 




MINE - 'Tetanus" LP 

This record's pretty fuckin' amazing. It's heavier and more I 
solid than most earfuls around, even though I say that thinking that 
sometimes I feel METALLICA coming out of the speakers (it's 
probably that damn double-bass drum). Ye tthis is far, far from metal ; 
it's just that the production is so full of an incredibly wide spectrum of 
sound, you wonder whether hardcore could sound so good. The vocals 
sear and shoot this piece to the pinnacle. A definite must-not-miss, 
especially for any DAMNATION A.D. fan! Brilliant. (KG) 
(Common Cause, Konrad-Adenauer-Str 58, D-73529 Bettringen, 
GERMANY) 




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MONO MEN/GIRL TROUBLE - 
"Kick Out The Jams/You Got What 
it Takes." 

Split rek-kord courtesy of the 
the Gearhead zine with two GH-en- 
dorsed bands doing covers of shit 
Mr. Crider & co. naturally does their 
take of the MC5 song and to be quite 
censorious of my rockcrit tendencies 
I will just say its a letter perfect 
version and therein lies the problem. 
GIRL TROUBLE on the other hand, 
does a tune, I've never heard before 
and undoubtedly injected their brand of spit n' swagger (which just 
drips heavily from their very pores) on it. A nice rockabili y-ish stroll, 
with some kooky boy-girl dueling which sound like the unholy 
pairing of say CHARLIE FEATHERS and MAE WEST which to me 
speaks volumes of GT's inspirational kitsch. (HD) 
(Gearhead, PO Box 421219, San Francisco, CA 94142-1819) 

MONSTER TRUCK FIVE - "Dryleaves...Hotwire" CD 

Let me first say this is good, but does not contain much of the I 
typical criteria that wins meover. I've reviewed this band before, and | 
I think I said the same damn thing. I gave the CD to my boyfriend, 
because it has a better place in his collection than mine, and I figured I 
that I'd have nothing against hearing it again. It's damn hard to 
review, really. Tempo changes galore, from raging to downright 
sweet Not for the popsters, or the oi crowds, or for fans of straight 
up mid-tempo shit such as myself. A little on the serious side, but a | 
quality album, for sure. (RY) 
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MULLIGAN STU - "Defender Of 
The Rock N' Roll Universe" EP 

Mid tempo power chord heav- 
en/hell (depending on the side). "20 
Flight Rock" is an upbeat driving 
version of the EDDIE COCHRAN 
classic, but the lone A side song, 
"Weather Girl", d rags way too much. 
MULLIGAN 's love song about Mary 
Tyler Moore is brilliant, and aptly 
titled "Mary Tyler Moore": "Never 
been happier in all my life and I owe ' 
it all to Nick at Nite" and "Mary 
Tyler Moore I'd really like to score 
with you" are a few of the witty lines in this JAWBREAKER-ish 
I anthem that's full of hooks and passion. For added pleasure, flip your 
I turntable to 45 rpm and this disc really cranks. (HM) 
(Pshaw Music, PO Box 2382, Janesville, WI 53547) 



IN.R.A. - "Access To Surf City Amsterdam Only" CD 

Amsterdam's premier band belts out 16 songs in under 45 
I minutes. This CD (a collection from 3 import CDs) has catchy 
I choruses, progressive melodies, and an overall energetic feel that 
I reminded me a lot of SNUFF. About the only thing I disliked about 
I this release was its trendy, Gearhead-like cover art. Recommended. 
I(CW) 
I (Off Time Records, PO Box 52114, Houston, TX 77052) 

|nERF HERDER -CD 

I must say I've never heard of these guys but this disc is pretty 
I great. Awesome nerd pop punk with ultra catchy stuff with a great 
I sense of humor. Think the DEAD MILKMEN'S "Punk Rock Girl" or 
[the MUFFS with a dork singing. Maybe MR T EXPERIENCE too? 
I Highlights include a song about the downfall of VAN HALEN (post 
I David Lee Roth of course) and a love song for that special "Nosering 
I Girl" (a girl worth giving up eating meat for). A Santa Barbara band 
Ion an SF label. I can't wait to see these guys live. One of the year's 
I major keepers. Really really recommended. (RL) 
I (My Records, PO Box 170280, San Francisco, CA 94117) 



|NEW SPEEDWAY KINGS - "All Ages Show" CD 

These guys are poppy punk at its best! This album is in the same 
I vein as RHYTHM COLLISION, but don't get me wrong, it's a great 
I album. The sound is perfect, the band is perfect, and I'm a fan! 
I Believe me, if you don't buy this album, you're dumb! No offense. 
(AT) 
I (Shredder Records, 75 Plum Lane #3, San Rafael, CA 94901) 



ININES - "Hi Fi Lo Mein" CD 

Five songs of well-produced, high gloss, bouncy pop with a 
I slight retro tinge. This stuff sounds like it came out in the salad days 
loflate '80s college radio. Almost a marriage of the REAL KTDS with 
I the HOODOO GURUS. Which is to say its hooky as fuck and makes 
I you all smiley, smiley and you feel guilty cause sugar is addicting.... 
I hey! it is what it is. (HD) 
(Clamarama, PO Box 422, Allston, MA 02134) 



NFNJA ATTACK - "My First Time" 
EP 

Ultra girl-obsessed pop-core. 
Ah, pop-core: a word I'll never have 
to use again, even though they're com- 
petent at the pop-core genre and writ- 
ing pop-core songs and all. (PC) 
(Trickshot Records, 815 Rosedale 
Ave. #1, Wilmington, DE 19809) 






NO CLASS/CEASE AND DESIST - 
split EP 

NO CLASS is on the ANTIS- 
CHISM kick. The female/male vocal 
interaction is uncannily similar, and 
the music is really fast yet melodic 
hardcore. Actually, CEASE AND 
DESIST has a lot of the same dynam- 
ic going on. This whole release is way 
punk and way political and not to be 
missed by you. There's an interest- 
ing expose onF.E.M. A., a sticker and 
patches contained within. (KG) 
($3 ppd: Un-Yelltman Records, PO 
Box 80131, Seattle, WA 98108-0131) 



NO FRAUD - "Babewatch" EP 

In the mid- '80s it seemed like 
NO FRAUD were poised to be the 
next big thing after COC and DRI. 
But then they made the mistake that 
no thrash band should make... A light 
green album cover. But now they're 
back with a seven song EP crossing 
PANDEMONIUM with the MINOR 
THREAT 7"s. Lyrics range from po- 
litical with humor (as the title would 
indicate). Totally great. (LH) 
(475 Foxgrove Rd, Venice, FL 34293) 



NO-TALENTS - LP 

This band features Lili from the great SPLASH FOUR so I'm 
ready to say this is totally great but I gotta say that the numerous 
covers on this tend to overshadow the originals... VKTMS, STAGE- 
BEAST, SICK THINGS (great version of "Kids In The Street") and 
BLACK FLAG(!). It's a pretty damn fine record made with the right 
attitude and great spirit. Yet another in the recent flood of great 
French records. Pure garage energy that rises above nostalgic im- 
pulses. OK? If you actually manage to find this record, like, in a store, 
pull it outta the sleeve and you'll be treated to sparkly red vinyl that 
ranks as the swankest I've ever seen! Fetch! (RW) 
(Wild Wild Records, BP 55, 92123 Montrouge Cedex, FRANCE) 



NOT AVAILABLE - "Burp!" CD 

I'd expect this to be on Fat or Epitaph. Really polished, catchy, I 
and pretty predictable, but these Germans prove that they can mimic I 
that NOFX sound right down to the awkward pronunciation of I 
words to make them rhyme. "Another Day" is the hit that starts with f 
a direct TOY DOLLS rip off and kicks right into that patented 
NOFX thrash which totally kicks ass in this case. Since there's only 
six songs, I'm left feeling somewhere in between not enough music | 
and had enough of this style. (HM) 

(Lost & Found Records, Bunteweg 1, 30900 Wedemark, GERMA- 
NY) - 



NOT REBOUND - "Escape From Trifling Life..." EP 

There'sa lot of great Japanese music right now, but these guys I 
seem to be more inspired by a lot of American bands. You know, that 
pop-core music that all those pop-core bands make. But at least these I 
guys can play their instruments and put a song together and if their 
lyrics are lame, I don't have to know about it 'cause they're all in 
Japanese. (PC) 

(Answer, Hase Bid. No. 2 Bl, 5-49 Osu 3 Naka-Ku Nagoya City, Aichi 
460, JAPAN) 



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INOTHING COOL - "Losers Hall Of Fame" EP 

These guys will grab you by the throat, smack you in the face, 
land you'll still want more! Or was that just me? Anyway, this band 

rules! It's kinda like early SCREECHING WEASEL stuff, so that 
I right there should tell ya that they're good. Side A is all originals, side 

B has a SOCIAL DISTORTION cover. What else do you want? Sit 
(down with a pack of Lucky's, a stout ass beer, and this album and 
lyou're set! (AT) 
HClearview Records, 2157 Pueblo Dr, Garland, TX 75040) 



1-4-5'S - "Rock Invasion" LP 

Word on the street, or at least on the Internet, is that these folks I 
are the newreigning kings of Texas garage trash. Ummm, this LP I'd 
really have to file under the not-my-thing heading. It's jangly, it's 
silly as can be, and it suffers from the horribly cutes. Not to be a 
complete schmuck - the music isn't bad - up tempo, lo-fi, catchy, etc. 
- my only recommendation would be for the singer to consider | 
possibly investing in some less - "choking" underpants. Dork-o- 
rama. (LD) 
(Estrus) 





O.A.C - "Duck Youth" EP 

Man, I wish there was some 
info included with this 7" cause I'm 
suspecting it might be a studio project, 
judging by the unique approach at 
doing the hardcore 'thing'. It's fast 
on almost all the trax, yet they stir 
things up with crazy guitar breaks 
that are sometimes rockish, to some- 
times quiet. Fans of Japanese hard- 
core will dig this, I did. There's a note 
about it being a limited release, so 
good luck. (MW) 
I (Bacteria Sour, PO Box 422986, San Francisco, CA 94142) 



OBLIVIANS - "Kick Your Ass" EP 
You're right, some of that lo-fi 
crap is unlis tenable. This little spud 
belies that old adage. The title song 
"Kick Your Ass" and the follow up 
tune "No Butter For My Bread" are 
all dirt all night long. Don't even play 
the "B" side - too long. Too slow. Play 
"Kick Your Ass" again. Nasty. (BR) 
(Sympathy) 



lOI-MELZ - "Keine Zeit" LP 

Unless you've been under a rock for the past year or so you 
I should be aware that an oi revival is in full swing. This skunk band 
I from Germany wastes no time and jumps into the fray head first with 
I this, their first, release. Their sound leans more toward the poppier 
I side of things, with super catchy song writing and lots of sing-alongs 
I but most of the songs are really upbeat and rock just the same. A 
I couple of the songs are a bit too wimpy and cock- rock oriented but 
I thankfully these are few and far between. Another good release from 
Knock Out. (RM) 

I (Knock Out Records, Postfach 10 07 16, 46527 Dinslaken, GERMA- 
INY) 



|OI POLLOI - "Global Dissent" video 

Before you rush out and buy this for footage of your favorite 
I anarcho band in the live environment, I should warn you - there are 
I only four OI POLLOI songs on here. What you get instead is a 
I documentary where Deek, Calum and the lads roam Europe check- 
ling out the Westernization of Poland, squats in Slovakia, the concen- 
Itration camp at Dachau, and environmental protests in Scotland. 
I This is actually pretty interesting. The production is pretty ropey, but 
lit is a 100% DIY effort. If you read the book NOT FOR RENT you're 
I already familiar with the troubles of Edinburgh's Unemployed Work- 
ler's Centre and Pollok Free State in Glasgow, both of which receive 
I some good coverage here. Also, you can find yourself i n the middle of 
la ruck between Spanish anti-fascist punks, white power skins, and 
I the local cops. Like OI POLLOI at their best this gets a little cheesy 
[at times, but it does give a broader view of the sort of grass roots 
I activism that the band often si ngs about than a regular live video ever 
I could. An enjoyable 36 minutes. (AM) 
($15 ppd: Brian, 623 Summit St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101) 



ONE GOOD EYE - "Let Go My Ego" CD 

Rough-edged pop punk, sort of like earlier GREEN DAY, I 
without the songwriting ability. Regular tuneful stuff, with pretty I 
good vocals. They're not totally exciting and at times get really I 
wimpy, but on the whole this CD is pretty good if you're into that pop 
stuff. (AM) 
(347 Junco, Casper, WY 82609) 



ONLY ATTITUDE COUNTS - "We Stand As One" CD 

OK, I get this CD for review, peruse the song titles and note that I 
one of the songs is titled "D.M.S.," I assume it is about the notorious 
D.M.S Skinhead gang from NYC. Looking through the lyric sheet I 
see pictures of the band wearing NYHC stylee t-shirts, looking hard 
in front of graffiti covered walls. So, I figure this band is from New 
York. The music confirms this, with the band drawing strongly from 
such veterans as AGNOSTIC FRONT, as well as newer boys 
VISION OF DISORDER and 25 TA LD7E (though the tin pan drums | 
are rather reminiscent of our friends in the poppier realm of punk). 
It wasn't until I was reading the thank you list that I realized these I 
guys are from Austria! So here is Vienna's New York Hardcore 
band. By the way, this is on a label you might think twice about | 
supporting, namely... (TH) 
(Lost & Found, Bunteweg 1, 30900 Wedemark, GERMANY) 



OXYMORON - "Crisis Identity" EP 
Good old style oi spoken here. 
An uptempo number in the title trick, 
with lots of punk fun to be had in 
number two: "F.O.E." complete with 
sing along choruses. Side two slows 
things down with "Big Brother". 
Overall, OXYMORON is one of the 
best English street punk bands. Go 
see for yerself. (BR) 
(Rough Beat Records, Anja U. Arne 
Marenda, Paul-Gossen-Str 9, D- 
91052 Erlangen, GERMANY) 




PANSY DIVISION - "For Those 
About To Suck Cock" EP 

I must say for a band that is 
pretty one dimensional, when I'm 
forced to listen to these guys they still 
kinda crack me up. I mean a 
JUDAS PRIEST cover of "Breaking 
the Law" that goes "Breaking the 
law, the sodomy law", I guess you 
gotta hear it to get it. Another parody 
pic sleeve (a la BRACKET) of the 
'Tor Those About To Rock" AC/DC 
LP sleeve. The jokes must get old but 
this isn't bad on the first listen. (RL) 
(Lookout Records) 



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|PAURA - CD 

There's a growing straight edge movement in Brazil which is 
I producing some of the best current sXe bands. While NO VIOLENCE 

and PERSONAL CHOICE play fast '88 youth crew stuff, PAURA 
I take a more contemporary approach full of tough vocals and metal- 
I tinged hardcore. For those of you who like modern-day-mosh-core 
lala STRIFE, yet hate the production and the corniness, PAURA 
I might be up your alley. I'm hoping to hear more from them. (MW) 

(Family Trust Records, Rua Baturite, 267, Sao Paulo-SP CEP 01530- 

030, BRAZIL) 



THE PHANTOM PREGNANCIES- 
"Special Child" EP 

Possibly the last blast of music 
(?) from this sadly defunct UK punk 
band. High speed garage punk flying 
free of nostalgia and retro-isms by 
creating outrageous images and po- 
litical platitudes. A part of the secret 
underground history that exists hid- 
den from all tradi tional music scenes. 
Are you missing out? (LH) 
(Troubleman Unlimited, 16 Willow 
St, Bayonne, NJ 07002) 



I PIG ALLEY - "Rock N' Roll Mafiosi" LP 

Let down by this record, which features promising gangster- 
I obsession and shoddy artwork but fails to deliver the sonic goods. A 
I couple songs are good for a little while in an early-'80's SoCal way 
I ("Formaldehyde And Lime", "She's So Real") but they fall apart, 
land the lyrics ain't comin' to the rescue, lemme tell ya. This is one 
I record that could grow on me, mainly because all the songs don't 
I sound the same, but a deadline is a deadline. They only pasted 300 
■copies together, so if you're feeling charitable... (RW) 
I (Underworld Records, 1300 Pleasant Valley Rd #47, Oxnard, CA 
93033) 



|PINHEADS - "Pigs Got My Hog" CD 

Loaded to the hilt, this package is fat with songs. Thirty one 
J songs with spreadsheet and lyrics to boot. PINHEADS fall into that 
I funny, humorous, tongue in chick punk rock category. And that 
I wasn't spelled wrong. Here's a band that just wants to have fun, no 
•special mission, no politics, just good rock'n licks and traditional 
I funny punk tunage. This would have been great to see the hate mail 
I if they were smart enough to put a return address on the record. (SM) 
I (Spliff Records, no address) 



THE PISSED OFFICERS/ 
GERTY FARISH - split EP 

A nifty package for a mere $2: 
1) a whacked out frenzied thrashed 
out 7" 2) a turn of the century "slam 
pit" centerfold (inside cover) com- 
plete with top hats, coat tails, and a 
full-on biff (wipe out) 3) an incom- 
plete lyric sheet riddled with stick 
figure alien doodles 4) a 20 page So- 
ciety Of Believers In Friendly Aliens 
(SOBDFA) info booklet with a heart 
warming true to life abduction story 
5) and a sticker of each of the bands 
I to round out this hefty entertainment package. GERTY FARISH 
I have this minimalistic, experimental, electric keyboard/guitar/drum 
Imachine, thrash, fiasco thing going that really rocks. 
I THE PISSED OFFICERS are no slouches either. They have the 
I more traditional punk rock instrumentation and create this frantic, 
Ion the borderline sloppy (in a good way), minimalistic thrash with 
I spastic and silly lyrics. Both bands create a "groove" with an off kilter 
ledge... a weirdo's field day. Not for the queasy. (HM) 
(100% Breakfast! Records, 12 Wyatt Cir, Somerville, MA 02143) 





THE PINKERTON THUGS - "Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of 
Shit..." EP 

Excellent political punk reminiscent of the DEAD KENNEDYS. 
Not only does it have a mid-eighties old school punk sound to it, but 
all of the lyrics rhyme! Refreshing, catchy, and intelligent. A must 
buy. (CW) 
(Police Records, RR 2 Box 83, Alfred, ME 04002) 



THE PROCRASTTNATORS - "Psycho Magnet" EP 

Good. Some of the songs sound a bit like the CONSUMERS 
record that just came out. A bit remind me (but only vaguely) of the 
BUZZCOCKS. Either way, late '70s sounding good punk. Not 
leathers and spikes, fucked up hair and good ties. (FR) 
(16409 SE Division #216-138, Portland, OR 97236-1931) 



PUBLIC NUISANCE - "Cheap Sex 
And Booze!" EP 

Here 's a fine buncha NY punks 
who laud the excesses of booze and 
obliterating one's pain. Unfortunate- 
ly, that doesn't stop them from com- 
plaining about this and that inces- 
santly, all (presumedly) from a 
druken stupor, which really makes 
hearing/reading the lyrics kinda sil- 
ly. Good straight ahead punk/hard- 
core, but can't say I admire their use 
of life. (TY) 
(Profane Existence, PO Box 8722, Minneapolis, MN 55408) 



QUADRAJETS - "Alabama Hip Shake" LP 

Wowie!!! I'm a big fan. They just seem to get better and better, I 
this being the best record yet by far. So much raw fun to be had here, 
and triple guitar overload for the hesher in me, and you. They seem 
to do all the right things with a wah-wah pedal, something that when 
used alot is typically complained about, not today, not me. There is 
so much fun with metal riffs atop punk energy, and rock rhythms - 1 
that obnoxious, shrieky vocals sometimes even seem incidental,! 
something it may take a NUGENT fan to appreciate. A great record. 
OK? (RY) 
(Sympathy) 



THE QUEERS - "Bubblegum Dreams" EP 

I saw them live and I thought they were lame, they look at their I 
guitars too much, and this single sounds only a tad heavier 
GREEN DAY, horrifying if you ask me. The only lis tenable songs are 
the MUFFS and BEACH BOYS covers and they too wear thin after | 
one play. (EC) 
(Lookout Records, PO Box 11374, Berkeley, CA 94712) 



THE QUEERS - "Don't Back Down" LP 

Not being much of a fan of of later-era QUEERS or bubblegum I 
punk, it comes a surprise that I kinda like this record. Catchy 
melodies, sugar-pop sweet vocals, songs about girls, general misan- 
thropy, flat chested girls, and oh yeah, did I mention songs about girls 
- pleasant, listenable RAMONES-core. (LD) 
(Lookout Records, PO Box 11374, Berkeley, CA 94712) 



RACIAL ABUSE - "No Need" 

RACIAL ABUSE come at you from Austria with a metallic I 
straightedge hardcore attack. They reminded me of 59 1 
TIMES THE PAIN from Sweden. Lyrically, they deal with friend- 
ship, staying sober, unity, and not selling out This is pretty good, but I 
the lyrics were borderline moronic. Nevertheless, this would proba- 1 
bly make a nifty little gift for you and your crew. (RC) 
(Lost Found, Bunteweg 1 30900 Wedemark, GERMANY) 




body bag e.p. 



IRADIOBAGHDAD - "Full Of It" EP 

Fast, hi energy melodic punk from this Florida band via a 
I German record label. Strong sung/shouted vocals like "Zen Arcade" 
I era Bob Mould. A strong mid-period HUSKER feeling pervades this 
I record. Good one. (MM) 
(Chris Haveinz, 8529 Shadow Ct, Coral Springs, FL 33071) 



RAIN ON THE PARADE - "Body 
Bag" EP 

Ah, this record is fuckin' 
great!!! Ronnie Little, (editor of 
"Fuck You", and "Hate Paper Dolls") 
fronts this outfit named after a HALF 
OFF song, and he is as lyrically out- 
spoken as are his zines. The lyrics 
address all the bullshit going on in 
hardcore directly and to the point, 
with a sense of humor. The music is in 
the vein of mid-late '80s hardcore 
with mid-tempo execution and crew 
I choruses. Everything about this is great, and I also must mention that 
I the drums figure prominently in the mix. Easily one of the best 
I records of the vear. (MA) 
(Contention Records, 206 S. 13th St #1402, Philadelphia, PA 19107) 



ITHE REBELS - "Full Circle" 10" 

The REBELS Hmmmmm that name must have been used 

I before. Nonetheless this is a good disc (picture disc, no less) and it's 
I very cool to look at. Judging by the Union Jack emblazoned on the full 
I color pic disc I'm pretty sure these guys are from the UK and they 
I sound like it too, with their clean powerhouse punk rock with oi 
lovertones. They got a few infectious choruses mixed with more 
I intricate tunage than your average boots and braces oi outfits. Also 
[included is a throwaway cover of BLITZ's "Razors In The Night" 
land a hilarious cover of "Cum Feel The Noise" but I bet you know 
who did it tho. (EY) 

(Knock-Out Records, Postfach 100716, 46527 Dinslaken, GERMA- 
NY) 



RECLUSrVES-"OuttaMyFace" EP 
What's not not for me to love 
here? Couldn't tell ya, all I know is 
this is the best new (to me) band I've 
heard since the HOOKERS. Hard to 
use any new language in my descrip- 
tion, but do you know what I mean 
when I say raging ? When something 
is just how you want it to be it can 
sound like everything else, goddam- 
mit, and be totally great Fast rock- 
ing beer punk, like yer LA DONNAS, 
yer FUMES, and such. (RY) 
I (Turkey Baster Records, PO Box 142196, Austin, TX 78714-2196) 



|REMISSION - "Our Days Are Numbered" LP 

Damn, surprise, surprise! Like an idiot I passed up these guys' 
I debut EP of awhile back, but after hearing this I'm a fan. High impact 
(hardcore with all the trimmings, dual high-low vocals, fuzzed out 
■ guitar, and speed. It's got a little of 80's thrash, a little crust, a little 
I this and a little that. You know what I'm saying, find and enjoy. And 
I to top it all off, Beer City is a skate company too. (MW) 
(Beer City, PO Box 26035, Milwaukee, WI 53226-0035) 



I RIOT SQUAD - "The Complete Punk Collection" LP 

Yes, they are correct. The title is true. You get all the tracks 

I from this early '80s UK band's 7" and LP. That means lotsa skunk/ 

I punk/oi whatever. You gotta laugh, but I bet the band isn't (would put 

I money on the guess that the members don't see a penny of it). (TY) 

(Captain Oi, PO Box 501, High Wycombe, HP10 8QA, UK) 





RUSTWEILER - "Assholes Of The Universe" EP 

Chaotic yet catchy, harsh yet somehow poppy, Chicago's I 
RUSTWEILER serve up six songs on this EP and manage to sound 
like CRIMPSHRINE all the way through, if maybe a little faster. 
They have the whole thing down pat. This isn't necessarily a bad 
thing, because these songs are good and the lyrics are great. To add 
to the whole feel it comes with a neat little lyric booklet that looks like 
it was laid out by Aaron Cometbus. It wasn't though. Still, if you like 
your East Bay punk to come via Illinois, get this record. These days, | 
it's better than the real thing! (AM) 
(Underdog Records, 2252 N Elston, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60614) 

SAKE - "Under My Skin" 10" 

Five NEUROSIS-inspired dark songs with a mind on society's I 
flaws. This record packs a few surprises that those who've been able 
to see them have come to enjoy, great female vocals and violin used 
tastefully. A really good band that doesn't sound like everything else | 
out there. (FR) 
(Zafio Records, PO Box 40004, Berkeley, CA 94704) 



THE SANITARY INSPECTORS - 
"E.S.PyFast Cars" 

Wow! What a great concept! 
Okay ...try to follow me here... You 
get THE ARMIT AGE SHANKS to 
play in mono, but master it onto the 
right track of a stereo record, and 
then you get LES CONSEILLERS 
TECHNIQUES to play the exact 
same song, at the same tempo, in 
mono and master it onto the left track. 
The resulting wall of sound is THE 
SANITARY INSPECTORS. How 
completely novel! The fun partis sitting on the floor, with the balance I 
knob in your hand, flipping back and forth between the two versions, 
trying to discern the differences, and then putting itin the middle for | 
a blast of noise. I'd like to see them try this live. (CH) 
(Teenage Kicks Records, Stadtjagerstr 8, 86152 Augsburg, GER- 
MANY) 

SCARED OF CHAKA - LP 

This is either a 2nd LP or a new 10 song 12" spun at 45. More I 
good pop punk from this New Mexico band. Kinda retro, kinda early 
HUSKER DU, kinda rockin' pop punk rock. Another good release 
from these guys with a cool version of ELVIS COSTELLO's "Hand 
in Hand" tossed in. This goes by really quick which keeps in from | 
really sinking in, but still an enjoyable blast. (RL) 
($6 ppd: 702 Records, PO Box 204, Reno, NV 89504) 



SCREAMING OTTER - "Aah A Screaming Otter In My Pants" CD 
Okay, so if one was to change SCREAMING to another verb 
such as SCREECHING and OTTER to the another less cuddly and 
winsome mammal of the same family - say a WEASEL, and put out 
a CD of previously hinted at rodents playing a live punk rock show, 
than you might possibly get what's going on here. I generally hate live 
recordings, but for one of dubious legitimacy, this has surprisingly 
good sound quality, and all the hits that drove the kids so crazy. (LD) | 
(address - we don't need no stinkin' addresses) 

SERVOTRON - "Red Robot Refund/Batteries Included" 

"This is SERVOTRON. We are robotic-humanoid forms stuck I 
on planet Earth, trapped among humans who do not understand", or 
so' says the insert. I know the feeling, only in my case I'm trapped I 
among bicycle couriers who do not understand. SERVOTRON - if | 
that is their real name - are riding the crest of the "New Wave" revival I 
that's already full bore in some places. If you were brought up on the 
B-52's, "Freedom of Choice"-era DEVO or GARY NUMAN, then 
you should gain some satisfaction from this. Analog synthesizer, 
quirky pop, nerdy Mark Mothersbaugh-ish vocals from the band 
that contains at least one MAN OR ASTROMAN? and one SUPER- 
CONDUCTOR. What could very well be the beginning of a long, long 
tale. (JR) 
(Goldenrod, PO Box 3770, San Diego, CA 92121) 



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SHUTDOWN - "Decide" EP 

This is simple three chord 
straight edge hardcore, which isn't 
bad if that's your poison. Though 
this release isn't musically ground- 
breaking and its packaging and lyr- 
ics are predictable and have been 
done so many times before, it still 
contains a great deal of energy. De- 
cent release. (CW) 
(Positive Face Records, PO Box 188, 
Center Valley, PA 18034-0188) 



I SHYSTER - "That's My Story..." EP 

Fast singalong punk rock. Sounds like it's from LA circa 1994, 
I but just ain't. Side B is short and to the point, side A is repetetive as 
I hell, and may as well be a big scratch. SHYSTER, among other things, 
I thanks "All the girls who have shitted on Blake they make him write 

good songs." Whoh. (BB) 

(Off Time Records, PO Box 52114, Houston, TX 77052) 




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SIR BALD DIDDLEY & HIS 
RIGHTHONOURABLEBIG WIGS 
-"Surf Party" EP 

Surf instru mentals and garage 
rock that sounds quite authentically 
1969 (though recorded in 1995). What 
a lot of bands these days are trying 
really hard to do, this band does with 
ease (or so it seems). I enjoyed it. 
(CK) 

(Bedrock Records c/o Flat One, 347 
Queenstown Rd, London SW8 4LH, 
UK) 



ISKANKIN' PICKLE - "The Green Album" LP 

Very well done, high energy ska, along the lines of MADNESS' 
I faster stuff, or OPIV with a goofy sense of humor. Cool covers of 

DEVO and GORILLA BISCUITS. Embossed cover. You'll love it. 

(BB) 

(Dr. Strange Records, PO Box 7000, Alta Loma, CA 91701) 



SMASH YOUR FACE - "Disappere 
Everything" EP 

An excellent single from these 
fine folks of Yokohama City, Japan. 
Two well delivered songs here, both 
full on from beginning to end, with 
much of their appeal being their sim- 
ple straight forward delivery. The 
music is fast and driving, slowing 
down on occasion only to speed right 
back up before your attention deficit 
disorder has had a chance to kick in. 
An added bonus here is that there is 
only one "dis" to be seen on the pack- 
aging, being part of a song title. The only downside here is the backup 
vocals which are mixed too loud and occasionally get in the way of the 
awesome, "I've been gargling with sandpaper" vocals. (TH) 
(Ride On, 31-20 Chigusadai, Aobaku, Yokohama-City, Kanagawa 




DISAPPERE EVERYTHING 
I WILL GET YOU 



227, JAPAN) 



|THE SMEARS - "VJVl.Live" EP 

The latest in the VML live series continues with this raucous 
I outfit, playing primarily loose punk rock with screamed female 
I vocals. None of the songs are all that memorable, but one of the side 
I benefits of a live recording is that you hear the oaths of the drunken 
I guys in the crowd (but only on side one) — remarks that give this four- 
Isong EP much of its personality. A little below average. (SS) 
(VMLi ve, PO Box 183, Franklin Park, IL 60131) 



SPACE COOKIE 
Down" EP 

Crazy. The record with the 
worst record cover (sorry, Jim Sta- 
cy) and dumbest band name (sorry, 
SPACE COOKIE guys) turns out to 
be the best record I get to review this 
month. They sound quite a bit like 
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT and 
JAWBREAKER when they were 
good. But that's not to say they're a 
rip-off band 'cause they have their 
own thing going on obviously. They 
just need a new name (I always 
thought the LIVING SHIT would be a good band name... okay I 
maybe not) and a clever graphic artist and then they could move to 
Portland so I could see them all the time. Yeah, that'd be cool. (PC) j 
($3 ppd: Reservation Records, PO Box 7374, Athens, GA 30604) 




'Full Fisted Action" 



SPACESHITS 
2xEP 

I reviewed the last record by 
this band, I wasn't blown away. Well 
fate hath brought the SPACESHITS 
back into my world, and wouldn't 
you know, this shiny new double on 
Sympathy with the hidden uncredit- 
ed song and 'Estrus look', is good, 
fucking real good. It's real typical 
retro-garage just like the old one, but 
as I said in another review, if it's 
good, it can sound like everything 
else. TEENGENERATE fans buck up, 
pick up where they left off. (RY) 
(Sympathy) 



THE SPACESHITS 

FULLFBTEDACnON! 




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SPASS DABEI - CD 

This German band didn't really grab me. The band would be I 
pretty good if they ditch their singer. The band (not the singer) 
reminds me of NOFX or PENNYWISE, except with all German | 
vocals. (AT) 

(Lost & Found Records, Biinteweg 1, 30900 Wedemark, GERMA- 
NY) 

SPEEDY HUFFLER KINGS - "He Doesn't Have A Nose" EP 

Finally I found a band that I can totally relate to as far their I 
politics and enjoy their tunes as well. With songs like "Roaches Are 
Ubermensch" whose lyrics proclaim that "I just wanna kill everyone 
I meet" and that "We should all be sterilized" so the "Roaches have 
their day", Yeah! These guys rule! And besides tellin' it how it should | 
be, the S.H.K-'s rock like it should be done: fast, dirty and raw. 
Sounding like a lo-fi version of "Blood, Guts..." era DWARVES if I 
they recorded in your garage, this EP is one of the best things I've [ 
heard in a while. If you like your music raw, offensive and full of I 
attitude, I'd buy one less six pack this week and send for this slab, f 
(EY) 
(Hardcore Noises, 3 Elm St., Ottawa, ON, KIR 6M9, CANADA) 



SPENT IDOLS - "I Don't Give a 
Fuck/The Living Dead) 

I haven't been following this 
band too closely, and after hearing 
this I s'pose I don't intend to, but I 
expected to like it because of some 
good stuff I have heard. I guess I 
should be relieved I didn't go blow a 
buncha cash on records that may or 
may not be inspired '77 raw and real 
retro type junk. Anyway, this record 
is pretty lifeless, I thought, it's real 
short, so I effortlessly had a sort of I 
non-reaction to it. (RY) 
(Incognito, Senefelder Str. 37 A, 70176 Stuttgart, GERMANY) 




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SPIDER BABIES - "Dragging Me 
Down" EP 

Heavy handed garagey lo-fi 
punk. Probably drunk and belliger- 
ent as well. Fairly traditional materi- 
al, nothing wrong with that Four 
songs about girls or rather issues sur- 
round girls i.e. sniffing panties and 
the hit "Jailbait". (FR) 
(Wallabies Records, 2-15-1 9F Fuji- 
mi, Chuoh-ku, Chiba 260, JAPAN) 



|THE SQUARES - "Trapped In A Square" LP 

THE SQUARES are three frenzied Frenchmen from Nancy 
I near Paris. These wound up individuals have the POP RIVETS/ 
I MILKSHAKES thang down cold. Primitive, stripped down raw 
I garage/pub rock. This record was recorded in May of 1991, so many 
I SQUARES fans have heard it already. Some parts are fast and 
I spunky others linger and languish. If you like the DESPERATE 
BICYCLES give this a try. (BR) 
I (Hangman Records, ENGLAND) 



STINK - "New World Odor" CD 

This Seattle band ends up on Allied. More straight forward | 
(read: less emo) than most Allied stuff. I've always liked these guys. 
Speedy catchy pop punk by this trio. SICKO/GIGANTOR type stuff. 
Loses a little of its tunefulness with the increased tempo but still a | 
good release and band. (RL) 
(Allied, PO Box 460683, San Francisco, CA 94146) 



STISISM - "Bacon Man" EP 

Two songs on this release, both 
of which are good. The title track is a 
bouncy, three chord number that will 
get your blood pumping and your 
booty shaking quicker than you can 
say 1-2-3-4. The B side entitled "Traf- 
fic Jam" has more of a mid '70s thing 
going and sounds like a cross be- 
tween ELECTRIC FRANKEN- 
STEIN and the NEW BOMB 
TURKS. Not bad. Not bad at all. 
(RM) 
(Intensive Scare Records, PO Box 142, New York, NY 10003-0142) I 




|SQUIDBOY - "Kids Talk To Killers" CD 

This is a hard one to review. Every time I think I've got a fix on 
I the chemistry of them, I get stumped ail over again. Sometimes 
I plodding, sometimes soaring, they hijack your attention temporarily, 
I for a tour inside a seemingly broken yet beautiful head, full of pain, 
I regret, and intimations of transcendence. I could draw comparisons 

to LUNGFISH, LAUGHING HYENAS, or even DEEP PURPLE, 
I but they are only starting points. After a couple listens this really sunk 
I in deep. (BG) 

(Allied Recordings, PO Box 460683, San Francisco, CA 94146) 



STRANGER DEATH 19 - "Astral Pilot" EP 

Pretty decent soul searching melodic punk here. I'd file it I 
somewhere between HOT WATER MUSIC and GAMEFACE. But 
like so many records these days, I start getting really into a song, 
waiting for it to really get going, only to have it remain locked in one 
gear. Oh well, this still has tons more personality than most of the | 
faceless crap I get to review these days. (BG) 
(Elastic Records, PO Box 17598, Anaheim, CA 92817) 




STAPLED SHUT- "Field Of Green" 
EP 

Seems fitting a area as warped 
as Southern California would spawn 
something of this nature. A pande- 
monium of noise drenched hardcore 
- barely held together most of the 
time, slipping into unrestrained cha- 
os at others. The guitar is warped 
through a severe layer of distortion - 
splintering it into musical buckshot. 
Having to write away for lyrics is a 
drag, but it's the only down side to a 

I otherwise irreproachable release. (TM) 

I ($3 ppd to: Clean Plate Records, PO Box 2582, Birmingham, AL 

135202) 



STEELMINERS/MOUNT MCKIN- 
LEYS- split EP 

Hey, the MOUNT MCKIN- 
LEYS are pretty okay. In fact, they're 
better than that Catchy hooks, great 
guitar playing, simple but pithy lyr- 
ics - "I don't feel okay". Kind of 
sixties, you know. The STEELMIN- 
ERS play louder, faster and shorter, 
and it sounds like they have about 
twelve guitars in the mix - kind of 
older-style punk like the STITCHES 
might play it. I'm at something of a 

I loss for words - this is my last review of the month, understand. Quite 

I good on both sides, really. (JR) 
(Black Lung Records, PO Box 252, Richmond, VA 23218) 




STRIPED BASSTARDS/SPLURGE - split EP 

Well, here's two new bands doing two very unoriginal styles of I 
punk. First off is STRTPED BASSTARDS' with a brand of speedy 
European influenced political ruminations. Thanks, I'll pass. Next is I 
SPLURGE, who do a pop punk style, saved only by a healthy dose of I 
humor and early '80s hardcore influence. Get this only if you've got | 
extra money to burn. (BG) 

(Traffic Violation Records, 121 Old Post Rd, Port Jefferson, NY | 
11777) 



SUBMACHINE - "Ten Inches That Hurt" 10" 

Wow, my first ever record review and I was sure lucky to get I 
this because this record is great! Pennsylvania's drunk punks do it 
again with their patented gruff vocals, pounding guitars and hard 
punk/oi sound (similar to the WRETCHED ONES) with songs about 
drinking, being a loser, and an angry song about how rape victims are 
wrongly belittled by society. A fun record to swill a beer to that also 
makes you think. If you've heard SUBMACHINE in the past, you 
know what to expect (no weak emo-sounding stuff here). I'm going | 
to buy this record today! Oh, sxe kids should stay away from this one. 
(CE) 
(CI Records, 739 Manor St, Lancaster, PA 17603) 



SUBMUNDO - "1981/82 - A Historia Completa..." CD 

This is a cool CD of this early '80s Brazilian band's demo tape I 
and a live show. SUBMUNDO were basic hardcore punk rock. You 
can tell even if you don't speak Spanish how into it they were. The 
overall sound quality is lacking, which is to be expected, but the | 
energy more than makes up for it. (MM) 
(Denis P. Souza, CP 2921, CEP 09211-970, Agenda Tamanduatei, I 
Santo Andre-SP, BRAZIL) 



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|TV KILLERS - 'AdrenaUn Fix" LP 

After wading through a lot of crap this month I was pulled from 
I the murk by this fucking awesome LP, the best rock'n'roll record 
I've heard by a French band since LES THUGS' "Electric Trou- 
I bles". Every song has a trademark itchy guitar sound that totally got 
I under my skin. I am loathe to compare them to other bands, they 
I sound like the good parts of the '60s and '70s mixed toogezzer in a 
I bucket . The production is right on, this is my new favorite record, the 
[singing is totally incomprehensible, this is my new favorite record, 
I they play fast without wrecking the melody, etc. Anyone interested in 
I 'punk' rock (whatever the fuck that means anymore) should defini te- 
lly waste their time trying to find this record. Viva les Frogs! (RW) 
I (Teenage Sapiens Records, 25, Rue Des Hetres, 17430 Tonnay 
ICharente, FRANCE) 



TEAR ME DOWN - "Piu Sbirri 
Morti" EP 

These people plays hardcore 
punk as if we're still in 1983, so if 
you're into early Italian bands like 
RAF PUNK,UNDERAGE,etc,check 
this out (EC) 

( Applequince Records, Via Di Mezzo 
15, Viterbo 0100, ITALY) 



|TEN HIGH - "Party Store" CD 

Cool garage rock with a female singer who also plays guitar and 
I who, finally, shows some competition for the guys of the genre. You 
I know what I mean, she sounds a lot like SUZY QUATRO instead of 
I some sickly sweet grrrl. The songs rock out and have a nice organ 
I sound. This whole thing would be ideal if the band was entirely 
I women. (CK) 
(Total Energy, PO Box 7112, Burbank, CA 91510) 



I30BC - "Gasping For Air" EP 

It's punk with a touch of hardcore. The first song made me 
I think they were death-metal, then I listened to the rest and realized 
(that if ALL DAY had hardcore highlights, this would be them. The 
I best thing about this album was the cool blue vinyl. (AT) 
I (Negative Progression Records, PO Box 55580, Atlanta, GA 30308) 



ITERVEET KADET - "Rubber N' Blood" CD 

There's a certain theory which states that any band whose song 
I titles include at least three umlauts and scads of double AA's and 
I LL's has got to rock yr butt. No surprise that these long time kings of 
I Finnish HC manage to do just that. Recorded I believe in 1987 
[(everything's in Finnish fer chrissakes) we've got ourselves twenty- 
I five songs of classic blasting stuff. With a few metal leanings popping 
I up here and there, this still has the goods to deliver short, fast, to the 
I point hardcore. (LD) 

((Alternative Action Records, PO Box 174, 11101 Rhimaki, FIN- 
LAND) 



I THREE STUDIES FOR A CRUCIFIXION/COLEMAN - split LP 
THREE STUDIES FOR A CRUCIFIXION do the chaotic 
I hardcore thing, and well they do it. It's all about heavy and hard and 
■ pissed off and on that brink where you're not sure whether the 
I outward spiraling will have a chance to contain itself for that conclud- 
ing measure of the song. COLEMAN does some kick ass hardcore, 
I too, with much less emphasis on chaos, but with lots of thrill and with 
I the most intriguing vocals-they sound weasel-esque. And they'll 
I grow on you completely. This is a great split. Way '96. Comes with a 
I cool booklet It's where it's at. (KG) 
I ($6 ppd: Mountain, PO Box 1172, Huntington, NY 11743-0656) 



THE THUGGS - "Smart" EP 

The THUGGS do a mildly 
SCREECHING WEASEL style pop 
punk trick with immature, adoles- 
cent lyrics. The music sounds good 
until you hear a chorus like 
"Gabc.he's not gonna get laid, 
Gabe...why can't he just die?...(Gabe) 
how can you get laid with a 4 1/2 inch 
cock?". I know these guys are trying 
to be sarcastic, but I just can't get 
into that mentality with that kind of 
a delivery. They even ruin their best 
lyrics with one big punk rock no-no: 
after "I hate your guts you stupid fuck" they sing "please go to hell" 
(which turns out to be the name of the song). Fuck that "please" shit, 
get up and scream "go to hell!" (HM) 
(I.B.B. Records, 2212 Lucille Dr, Omaha, NE 68147) 




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THUNDER GODS - Soul Crusher/ | 
On My Mind" 

Hmmm, there's been a disturb- 
ing trend this month with the reap- 
pearance of mouth harp on punk 
records. I'd expect it on neo-'60s stuff, 
but when bands like YOUNG PIO- 
NEERS and this band use it, it makes 
me ha ve bad acid flashbacks. Actual- 
ly, it's cool (not as cool as slide guitar, 
tho) on bluesy stuff, but the THUN- 
DER GODS are a more punky than 
that (at least on these tracks). Garage 
punk that's rooted in a late '70s vi- 
sion of rock'n'roll roots. The B-side is the rager. (TYj 
(Trashcan Records, 220 Megs St Rochester, NY 14607) 



THE TRANS MEGETTI - "Rent a Rocket" EP 

The title track sounds like punk circus music with a spy movie I 
soundtrack backbeat, very cool. Smells like RITES OF SPRING in | 
a good way. Listen to this while you drive through Ohio. (BB) 
(Art Monk, PO Box 6332, Falls Church, VA 22040) 



TRES KIDS - "The Fast Food Haunted House Conspiracy" EP 

This is the kind of release that reminds you that, hey, anybody I 
can do punk rock, and that's why punk rock is so fucking cool. It's | 
not about musicianship and all that crap that rock is enshrouded in. 
This music sounds old school and reminds me heavily of good I 
JERRY'S KIDS. The first four songs were recorded live on a radio | 
station. The rest sound like they were. (KG) 
(475 Balwin St #7, Athens, GA 30605) 



LES TURDZ - "Beer Is My Co-Pilot" EP 

Biloxi, Mississippi is one of my all time favorite places to see I 
punk shows. It has a vibrant and diverse scene, smack dab in the I 
middle of nowhere, with most of the shows taking place in a small I 
house in the middle of the woods. Total fuckin' DRf. Hailing from | 
there is LES TURDZ whose male/female vocals are rather reminis- 
cent of the mighty X (which in turn will remind others of BLATZ). I 
Most of the songs on this platter refer to drinking, my favorites being 
the title track and "Drunk Rock Band." (TH) 
($3 ppd: Recess, PO Box 1112, Torrance, CA 90505) 



ULCER - "Indignation" LP 

ULCER serves up 22 tracks of seething thrash. Fast, hard and I 
to the point. The lyrics are totally in your face, and full of social and 
political angst This is bound to set off a few seismographs in your | 
area when the needle hits the vinyl. Smokin'! (RC) 
(Bovine, PO Box 2134, Madison, WI 53701) 



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IUNBROKEN - "Absentee Debate/Crushed On You" 

Whoa! ! Not at all what I expected. Last time I listened to these 
I guys they were boring metal shit, but then this single comes along... 
I The metal influence is still there, but the power that was absent before 
I is here, full on, with all instruments up front pummeling the hell outta 
■your ears with gravelly vocals. Apparently this is their last, which is 
I too bad, 'cuz this stuff rages. (MA) 
(New Age Records, PO Box 5213, Huntington Beach, CA 92615) 



ITHE UNDEFEATED - "No Place Like Home" EP 

I know at my age I shouldn't be impressed with a pic sleeve that 

I has only a picture of the beer case at the local grocery store, but I am. 

I I also know that it should take more than a song with the title "I Hate 
I You" to grab my attention, but it doesn't It's a good thing I'm so 
I shallow, because otherwise I might never have given this a listen. 
I Excellent, faster paced, oi-influenced punk rock highlighted by some 
I of the best snarling lyrics I've heard in a long time. Highly recom- 
I mended. (KK) 

(Chapter 11 Records, PO Box 132, Sonoma, CA 95476) 



UP FRONT - "Doin' It Live On 
WYNU" EP 

As it says, this is a live record- 
ing from the radio, so the sound is 
raw and unpolished. The energy 
comes across well and is extremely 
contagious, I'd say this is better than 
their recorded sniff, which is pretty 
good as it is. This was recorded in 
July of '88, a few months before these 
guys would go into the studio to record 
their "Spirit" LP. (MA) 
[(New Direction Records, PO Box 1413, Lockport, NY 14095) 



I THE VSS - "Response" EP 

Starts out with some synth creation spooky enough to give you 
I the heebie jeebies. Sounds a little like PiL, super echo vocals. If they 
I ever allow you to see them perform live, and you aren't blinded, you 
I will be blown away. Good stuff. Ex ANGEL HAIR. Warning: any 
I attempt to understand the lyrics on this record may result in a brain 
Ihemmorage. (BB) 
(Gravity Records, PO Box 81332, San Diego, CA 92138) 



VANILLA MUFFINS - "Always On The Wrong Side/I Wanna Be 
I Your Monster" 

This Swiss band has a fine release here with their mid-tempo, 
I melodic punk/oi rock sound. Most of the vocals are sung in English. 

(MM) 

(Shiner/Black Hole Records, 12 W. Willow Grove Ave, Box 30, 

Philadelphia, PA 19118) 



I VILENTLY ILL - "Plastic Society" EP 

Blaargh! The 10 songs here, remind me a lot of early 
I GANG GREEN. Hey, most of it was recorded on a home stereo and 
I it's limited to 400. And with an average song length of around 50 
■seconds apiece, it's fuckin punk man. What are you sissies waiting 
I for? (RC) 
(Knot Music, PO Box 501, South Haven, MI 49090-0501) 





I VIOLENT CHILDREN - "Rock Against Spindlers" EP 

Old Connecticut hardcore band which is now remembered for being 
I Ray Cappo's first band, and later, John Porcell, who as you know, went on 
to YOUTH OF TODAY. AH the material here is taken from their tape 
I recorded in '84. This first surfaced on vinyl as a bootleg in ' 91 or '92, and then 
I was 'officially' released in '93. Ahem! Mid-tempo stop/start hardcore that 
I seemed fast for then, and simplistic lyrics that sound goofy today, but then 
I it kind of meant something... before everyone took themselves seriously. If 
I you're feeling nostalgic, check this out (MA) 
I (Nutmeg Records) 

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VISION - "One And The Same" EP 
I've never heard the 1988 youth 
crew incarnation of VISION, so I 
can't compare this to that, but what 
we have here is good, powerful, an- 
themic melodic hardcore. It's obvi- 
ous these guys have been around for 
a while, because they certainly know 
how to play this kind of music. The 
four songs are tuneful and catchy, 
(reminding me a little of REASON 
TO BELIEVE, a great band) but the 
production and playing are crunchy 
enough (almost metallic) that it nev- 
er sounds too poppy or wimpy. This is cool. (AM) 
(C.I., 739 Manor St, Lancaster, PA 17603) 



VISUAL DISCRIMINATION - "We Got The Edge" CD 

A Lost & Found reissue of this late '80s SoCal band... Both LPs 
are here, but if you look in the cutout bins at your local record store 
I'm sure you'll find the vinyl versions for much cheaper that the 
scumbag at L&F is asking for this CD. The music is mainly mid- 
tempo HC with a New York influence, and a bit of metal to back up 
some goofy lyrics. Nothing essential, but where there's money to be 
made... (MA) 
(Lost & Found) 



VOX POP - "More Drugs Than Elvis" LP 

Even though this early '80s Los Angeles band featured an all- 
star line-up (Don Bolles - GERMS, Paul Cutler • 
DREAM SYNDICATE, Dinah Cancer and Del Hopkins - 45 GRAVE, 
Jeff Dahl - ANGRY SAMOANS, and Mike Ochoa - 
NERVOUS GENDER), the resulting sum isn't as good as its individ- 
ual parts. This session was recorded live in 1980 over KPFK radio, 
and is somewhat meandering, arty and jammy, as they were wont to 
be. Best punky track is "Just Like Your Mom", which appeared on 
their 45 of the same year (they also had a 12" out in '81, which was 
similar to this LP in exasperating, overindulgent rock qualities. 
Don't know if the following address is good or a not. (TY) 
(Very Bad Trip Records, PO Box 706090, Pasadena, CA 91666) 



THE VULCANEERS - "Beat Me Off Scotty!" LP 

A concerned fan of mine from Fla. (figures) wrote in whining 
about my panning of a lame instro record that I apparently should 
have raved over because it had two guys from 
SHADOWY MEN ON A SHADOWY PLANET, as though that 
meant that it didn't suck. Well, I'm going to give him a chance to be 
a big hero to all his friends in the easy listening instro community . I'm 
going to let him come down here and kick my ass, OK? All he has to 
do is pick up a copy of this VULCANEERS LP and smugly turn up 
his poindexterish nose and smirk at the sort of stupid, energetic 
obnoxious noise that I deem worthy of putting out (and no, reviewing 
this wasn't my idea). Gee, why are these goofballs playing this funny 
rock 'n' roll and screaming all over the place instead of playing 
something serious and showing off their musical "chops?" Fuck you, 
conchhead. (DD) 
(Repent Records, 535 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA 94103) 



THE WAISTCOATS - "Valley Of 
The Mono-apes" EP 

Whatyou got here is the Dutch 
MILKSHAKES. Produced well, but 
completely fucking boring!!! This 
falls into that "dime-a-dozen" wan- 

na-be-BILLY CHILDISH slot 

my mind drifted, I paid absolutely no 
attention to this record. (SW) 
(Alopecia, 35 Mill Lane, Benson, 
Oxon, OX10 6SA, ENGLAND) 




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I WALSH STREET COP KILLERS - "...Enemies Of Australia" CD 
Imagine you've got some trouble flyering for a band with that 
I name! Apparently not much of a concern - in their own words, they're 
lout to "cause some trouble"! Ferocious breakneck hardcore averag- 
I ing about a minute and a half a song - the dual vocals are probably out 
I of necessity, as I'd imagine anyone would starve of oxygen trying to 
I do it solo! Merciless lyrics go for all of the usual rightful targets - 
I government, yuppies, landlords and bosses. Some things never change, 
eh? (TM) 

I (Noise Pollution Records, PO Box 5251, Mordialloc 3195, AUSTRA- 
LIA) 



I WARHEAD - "The Lost Self And Beating Heart" EP 

Japanese hardcore done at it's best with the traditional 'wall of 
I guitar' fuzz, screaming vocals and speed.There was a lot of time in 
I between this EP and their last "Cry Of Truth" EP, but it was worth 
I the wait. The vocals are more over the top than ever, and the 
I recording is total fuzz, which adds to their power. It was put out on 
I Bloodsucker records but since there was no address listed, try the 

band at.. (MW) 
l(Jun Kato, 3-B-606, Ninomar'u-cho 151-30, Mukaijima, Fushimiku, 

Kyoto 612, JAPAN) 



[THE WARRIORS - "Come Out To Play" EP 

This is THE LAST RESORT under a new name. Four songs 
I recorded live in March of '96, which is available on a video apparent- 
ly, which you can order with a credit card. How many punks and/or 
I skins do you know with a good credit rating? Judging from these 
I songs I imagine the crowd stood around staring at their watches, 
I watching the bubbles rise in their beer, and stealing glances at the 
I skin girls. Pretty unenergetic and boring. (MA) 
•(Visionary, PO Box 30, Lytham St Annes, FY8 1RL, ENGLAND) 



| WARRIORS - "The Full Monty" LP 

Although this looks oi, this is more of a cross of the early 
I RAMONES (slow and basic) and vocals that remind me of I AN DURY. 
I Monotone with a swipe at melody. Decent stuff once you get settled in. 
I Lots of repeating choruses and Brit topics like Reggie Kray and 
I Tories. Good old school. (RL) 
I (Step-1 Music, PO Box 21, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7ZZ, ENGLAND) 



|WE ARE YOUR PUNX - "Italian Corruption" CD 

This is a hard band to nail down. Some of their songs are early 
I '80s leather and bristles style punk, while others have a bit of an East 
I Bay pop feel and yet others have more of a pub-rock sound. Shit, they 
I even throw in a two-tone style ska number. Nineteen songs in all and 
I if you like variety this might be something you'll want to checkout. 

(RM) 

(Intensive Scare Records, PO Box 142, New York, NY 10002-0142) 



I WHITE KAPS - "Endless Bummer" LP 

Fast and fun SoCal thrash. Reminiscent of another time, like 
I they should have been on Mystic. Energetic and catchy with cool 
I lyrics that at first look seem a tad dodgy but on closer inspection are 
I actually pretty right on, in a self-deprecating NOFX sort of way. I'm 
I into this. It even has bagpipes on it (AM) 
[(Fearless, 13772 Goldenwest St #545, Westminster, CA 92683) 

WHITE TRASH DEBUTANTES - "It s Raw, But You Live For It" 
I CD 

This little project smokes. Ginger has always had a way of 
I getting a great punk rock and roll band together, this one has to be the 
I best one yet with the addition of two new guitarists and a new 
I drummer. This little disk lights up the sky. Punky tunes with sexual 
■overtones. Just a score for all on the big punkness meter. "Bad In 

Bed", a WAYNE COUNTY cover, "Kennedy", "Parttime Celebri- 
I ty" and "Boys & Booze," all of these songs rule the slut gutter punks 
I bedroom. A great live show and a better CD than you can imagine. 

(SM) 
|(206 Records, 8314 Greenwood Ave. N #102, Seattle, WA 98103) 

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WHITE TRASH DEBUTANTES - 
"My Guy's Name Is Rudolf EP 

Right-on, mid-tempo, punk 
rock. Much more fun live, but this is 
still decent. They do a cover of a 
SCREECHING WEASEL song 
from the "Wiggle" album, which I 
thought was kind of bizarre, but 
whatever. It should also be noted 
that I once saw singer Ginger Coyote 
(who is a formidable transvestite) 
make Lint give her a pony ride out- 
side of a show. Yee-haw! Ride, Gin- 
ger, ride! (JN) 
(206 Records, 8314 Greenwood Ave. N #102, Seattle, WA 98103) 

THE WHYTE BOOTS/THE GIRLS - split 45 

TwoSHANGRI-LAS inspired bands on thisbootleg(?),straight 
out of '60s punk rock "Girls Of The Garage" compilation series. This 
45 is so much cooler than 1000 QUEERS records put together, and 
so much punker than THE SPENT IDOLS. (EC) 
(Lauper Death, no address) 

THE WILDEBEESTS - "Feel Alright/Dinosaur" 

Scottish valve-driven rhythm and punk sloppiness. They pull 
it off swell musically, but suffer somewhat from poor choices of songs 
to cover. (THE STOOGES and LINK WRAY) I'd sure love to hear 
some originals from these guys, cause' they got a great sound. (CH) 
(Teenage Kicks Records) 

THE WORKIN' STIFFS - "A Man And His Sledgehammer" EP 

Believe me, this is the best band 
to come out of San Francisco in years, 
and I mean years!! Alcohol fueled 
street punk that's gritty and catchier 
than hell, with excellent lyrics that go 
far beyond typical lyrics, with an 
insightful look at work, aging, losing 
friends to addiction, etc., and it's not 
as mushy as I make it sound. Fuckin' 
excellent stuff. Get this, and make it 
a point to see these guys live when 
they come to your town. One of the 
best... (MA) 

(Chapter 11 Records, PO Box 132, 
Sonoma, CA 95476) 

YELL OF EYES - "More Eyeballs, Please" EP 

The cover of this record has a picture of an eyeball with a fork I 
through it like in those "scary stories" books. A good disc altogether, 
it's got heavy guitar sound which is creepy at times. The vocals 
remind me a bit of weirder DK's with cool spooky lyrics about eating | 
eyeballs and razors. Mmmmm...eye balls.. (BB) 
(Metamorphos Records, Rantamaki 2B6, F-02230 Espoo, FINLAND) | 

(YOUNG) PIONEERS - "Employer's Blacklist" EP 

File under Commie-punk. There's no picture sleeve, but there's I 
a tiny lyric sheet with a picture of Ho Chi Minh and a hammer and 
sickle. I don't know much about the ideology, but those Commies 
sure have some great tunes. This is real loud distorted shit that 
reminds me of early MINUTEMEN, MEAT PUPPETS, 
FUNERAL ORATION. The lyric sheet is a must because the vocals I 
sound like they were shouted into a $2 microphone. Workers of the | 
world, please enunciate. (MC) 
(Whirled Records, PO Box 5431, Richmond, VA 23220) 

V/A - "An Einem Strang Vol. 1" EP 

I must say this is a hard comp to describe.lt has everything I 
from ANUS PRAETER's well done grind to UNTOTEN's slow| 
metal-dirge-core that reminds me of early DISHARMONIC OR- 
CHESTRA... to ANAL ZECKEN's hardcore/punk assault Pretty I 
good sampler of what Germany's grind/hardcore scene has to offer. 
(MW) 
(Malade Records, PO Box 529, 10127 Berlin, GERMANY) 



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I V/A - "Anarchy From The UK" CD 

Another release from the label guaranteed to educate the 
I younger kids on the roots of punk. This CD features many classic 

early UK punk/oi groups such as ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, 

SHAM69,THEBUSINESS,BLITZ,THEDAMNED,THEADICTS, 
I etc. Everything I've heard from this label has been great! The only 
I complaint I have is that they pretty much feature the "hit" songs these 
I bands are most known for (THE EXPLOITED's "Punk's Not Dead", 
|999's "Homicide", etc.) instead of less popular but just as essential 
I songs. I guess that's their point, right? Overall, a great collection of 
I music that I think anyone interested in punk should own, but since 
I most of these songs are easily accessible elsewhere, some people more 
I familiar with these bands probably already have most of this stuff. 

(CE) 

(Dojo Records, FDR Stn, PO Box 684, New York, NY 10150) 



V/A - "Bacteria Sour" EP 

This is a label sampler for Bac- 
teria Sour, the label started by Push- 
ead after he discontinued doing Pus- 
mort some time ago. I'm certainly 
biased on this comp - I've been listen- 
ing to it steadily for several months 
now, and have yet to hear any flaws. 
Rock solid songs and performances 
from A.F.I., DROP DEAD, CAVITY, 
UNION (Sweden) and MASSKON- 
TROLL. It's certainly some of the 
strongest stuff from all of the bands, 

and it's all wrapped in a stunning three panel screenprint. Much 

props! (TM) 

(Bacteria Sour, PO Box 422986, San Francisco, CA 94142) 



V/A - "Bits Of Noise Volume 2" CD 

As you'd guess - this is the second compilation CD showcasing 
the current punk/hardcore scene in the Netherlands. There's a total 
of 21 bands contributing 36 songs, so it's inevitable that it drags at 
times. Nothing terribly surprising - the standouts were the bands 
already known like CATWEAZLE, ABSCONDED, BOYCOT, and 
FUNERAL ORATION. (TM) 
(WRF Records, PO Box 39, 1713 ZG Obdam, NETHERLANDS) 



V/A - "Born 2 Skate" EP 

This is a split 7" from two 
European bands who sound very 
American. The SATANIC SURFERS 
are from Sweden and contribute two 
live cuts that have that melodic SoCal 
hardcore/pop sound. SEVEN HATE 
are from France and do a DAG NAS- 
TY cover and another similar sound- 
ing song. Fans of BIG DRHX CAR 
should take note. I swear if there 
were no addresses for these bands I'd 
think they were from Orange County 
(I guess that sound is pretty popular in Europe). (CE) 
(Diabolik Records, BP No.4, 94111 Arcueil cedex, FRANCE) 



V/A - "Call It Whatever You Want" CD 

What a great punk compilation! This sampler provides the 
listener with a current crop of Australian punk bands. DRAW- 
BACK, FALLOUT, LENTIL SOUP, NOISAM, COACH, WALSH 
ST. COP KILLERS, SELF RELIANCE, DEGRADE, S.U.X, PRICE 
OF SILENCE, FORWARD DEFENSE, VOLATILE, TERRIBLE 
VIRTUE, FLY COP, and CEASE FHtE. With a good mix of hard- 
core, thrash, and grind there really isn't a bad song in the lot. Plus the 
cool minimalist packaging pushed this one straight to the top of the 
heap. Excellent! (RC) 
(Snapshot, PO Box 175, Georges Hall 2198, NSW, AUSTRALIA) 




V/A - "Chloroform" LP 

Seven Japanese bands from the "77ish punk purist tip contrib- 1 
utingtwosongseach.THE KNOCKS and (especially) FIRST ALERT | 
have pronounced power pop leanings, and while the REGISTRA- 
TORS (notsurprisingly)surpasstheother bands, COCKSCRATCH I 
come close and all the bands (the others, for the curious, are 
THE YOUNG ONES, ENGINE BOO, and TONIGHT) are highly 
worthwhile. Recommended, especially since it's cheaper than buying | 
seven singles. (DD) 
(Mangrove Label, 103-/24-18, 3 Chome, Kamishakujii, Merima-Ku, I 
Toky, JAPAN) 



V/A - "East Coast Pogo Attack" video 

Cider and squatter punks rejoice, this video is made for you. 1 
The line up includes THE PIST, SUBMACHINE, AUS ROTTEN, 
BLANKS 77, CASUALTIES, VIOLENT SOCIETY, MANKIND?, I 
BRISTLES and more. The footage is pretty good and all shot from 
a one camera perspective. The sound quality tends to vary from band 
to band, but it never becomes unbearable. Good effort, and worth | 
your spare change. (RC) 
($15 ppd: Stinky Twinkie Communications, PO Box 1271, New I 
Haven, CT 06505) 



V/A - "East Coast Pogo Attack, Vol. 2" video 

The line-up reads like a laundry list of every band logo I've ever I 
seen sewn onto the back of a crusty 's jacket and then some. Check this 
out - DISTRAUGHT, the PIST, AUS ROTTEN, PUBLIC NUI- 
SANCE, TOTAL CHAOS, BATTALION OF SAINTS, VARUK- 1 
ERS, D.I.R.T., BROKEN, OXYMORON, BRAINDANCE, and 
straight on down the line. It's two hours of mostly high-quality live 
footage, though the sound suffers occasionally. I can't imagine 
anyone expecting crystal-clear quality when the cameraman was 
obviously dodging "the pit" at times, but who knows. As with most 
videos, it kind of depends on how much you're into the bands. I 
recommend it. We watched it as a double-feature with "From Dusk | 
'Til Dawn", which I don't recommend. (JR) 
($15 ppd: Stinky Twinkie Communications, PO Box 1271, New I 
Haven, CT 06505) 



V/A - "European Hardcore -The Way It Is" CD 

No, actually this isn't how European Hardcore is, on the I 
contrary this is one labels version of it, and what a horrible version 
that is. This is a CD sampler of what the notorious Lost and Found 
label is putting out now. Unfortunately there are some O.K. bands 
featured on this; UNCURBED play their ferocious brand of Swedish 
hardcore, Germany's RYKERS does the heavy, NYHC thing with 

enough energy to keep it interesting plus a few more. If you 

wanna check out Euro-hardcore try Crucial Response, Farewell, 
Wicked Witch or the many other labels who have kept the hardcore I 
scene where it should be, underground. I'm praying for the day when | 
this guy goes out of business. (MW) 
(Lo$t & Found, Bunteweg 1, 30900 Wedemark, GERMANY) 



V/A - 'Tour Ugly-Four Beautiful" 2xEP 

A compilation of four Japanese bands: MOGA THE FIVE, I 
DIRTY IS GOD, SAWPIT, and BLEW. The two standout bands 
were SAWPIT and BLEW, both of which play a solid pop punk in the 
vein of JAWBREAKER or SAMIAM. Definitely worth picking up, | 
if only for these two bands. (CW) 
(Lunch Service Records, 4-20-11, Hanjo Mino, Osaka 562, JAPAN) I 



V/A - "Ground Rule Double" CD 

More than two of these bands sound like NUISANCE. Mostly I 
Chicago-area comp, some off time melodies and some straightfor- 
ward punk stuff. A MOTORHEAD cover, a photo of Tabitha Soren. 
Neatest packaging for a CD I've ever seen (includes CINCO 
DEGATOS, 88 FINGERS LOUIE, BLUE MEANIES, 
PROMISE RING, APOCALYPSE HOBOKEN) grrreat! (BB) 
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Hey, this is probably the best thing Long Gone Mel has done in 
la while. A collection of punk and not so punk bands doing all surf 
I songs. Great packaging and great collection of 10 bands including 
I CUB, the QUEERS, HELEN LOVE and more. The whole thing is 
I worth it if not just for CUB's version of "Surfer Girl". (LH) 
I (Shredder Records, 75 Plum Ln #3, San Rafael, CA 94901) 

I V/A ■ "Hasta La Baldoria" LP 

This LP is a split between 2 Italian bands. LOS FASTIDIOS 
■has been together since 1993 and are against racist politics and "into 
■kids united, animals, beer, wine", but most importantly, "scooters"! 
(Their music has bits of ska, oi, and punk mixed together. F.F.D. 
I (FOUR FLYING DICKS) is a young punk/oi band much like 
I LOS FASTIDIOS. Both bands sing all lyrics in Italian. (MM) 
I (Skooter Records c/o De Angelis Enrico, Via Milazzo 1, 37128 Vero- 
Ina, ITALY) 

I V/A - It Comes From The East" LP 

Excellent comp of a buncha rockin' NYC bands: 
I FURIOUS GEORGE (who shine here way more than the MRR 7"), 
lYELLOW SCAB, STISISM, ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, 
IHELLDEVILS, YUM YUM TREE, TRICK BABYS, HEAL!, 
I LUNCH LADIES, and a re-release of the old ISM song "Auto Theft 
I in NY City" Pure punk rock trash. (LD) 
I (Intensive Scare, PO Box 142, New York, NY 10002-0142) 

I V/A- "Killed By Death Vol 16" LP 

I always knew some jerk was gonna fuck this series up. You see, 
I lots of different people have issued their own 'volume' of 'punk's 
I greatest hits', and up till now, it's been a very credible series. So now 
I some unnameable character has put his ego before quality and made 
Ian all-San Mateo compilation of bands (only two of 
I them: THE BLANK and JUNIOR EXECUTIVES), bands which he 
I was involved in. Recordings (mostly live) from the late '70s, interest- 
ling mainly just to him and his sense of humor. (TY) 
I (no address) 

|V/A - "New Breed Volume Three" CD 

This comp is mainly SoCal bands (not that that's bad) but there 
I are some others from Kentucky, Illinois, etc My favorites are 
STRUNG OUT and THE INVALIDS. For you, it might be different, 
I but you 're never gonna know unless you get off your ass and buy it! 
I And believe me, you should. (AT) 
| (G.I. Productions, PO Box 6948, San Jose, CA 95150) 

V/A -"No Beer Left" EP 

Ever wonder what SCREECH- 
ING WEASEL sound like singing in 
Spanish? Now you can know simply 
by purchasing this record rather than 
forcing good ol' Ben to learn Spanish 
now that the band has reformed. It's 
just so convenient. That's the 
FASTFOOD side. The AEROBITCH 
side comes complete with angry punk 
female vocals and growly gin tars in a 
hardcore 1984 vein. Grrr. Limited 
edition of 666. (FR) 
I (Punch Records, Apartado 60167, 28080 Madrid, SPAIN) 



I V/A - "No Fate Vol. 2" 2xCD 

Here's the latest edition of what will be an ongoing series of 

Icomps that feature bands from around the globe. Hardcore, punk, 

I power- violence, noise, all bases are covered. The first edition was 

I great, but I think this one is better. 56 bands, 56 songs (on two discs!), 

land I liked every single one of them. The standouts were: CAUSE 

FOR EFFECT, KGS, BENUMB, CRUNCH, WARFARE STATE, 

CEASE AND DESIST, MARRIED TO A MURDERER, VIOLENT 

HEADACHE, CATWEAZLE, 7000 DYING RATS, etc. Excellent 

comp that's sure to spend a stretch of time in my disc player. (MA) 

(HG Fact, 401 Hongo-M, 2-36-2 Yayoi-Cho, Nakano, Tokyo, JA- 

IPAN) 




V/A - "Oi! Greatest Hits Volume One" CD 

These oi comps are getting old quick. The tenor so essential 
releases being rearranged over and over. Best of, Greatest,Essential, | 
blah blah blah. That's not to say I would not recommend this. This has 
some great stuff: SHAM, COCK SPARRER, BIZ, UPSTARTS. Some 
great singles on CD for sure. I just prefer to get the full length releases/ 
reissues of these bands and end the mix and match madness. (RL) 
(Dojo) 

V/A - "Oi! The Rarities Vol 1." LP 

A sort of "Killed By Death" of oi featuring the more obscure 
groups of streetpunk's heyday. Featuring eight bands: CRUX, SUB- 
CULTURE, ANTI-SOCIAL, RED ALERT, CASE, LAST ROUGH 
CAUSE, ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT, and CRIMINAL CLASS. This 
collection contains all the cuts from these bands rarest (and some- 
times only) releases. All the tracks are enjoyable, which is rare for a 
collection, and if one song is mediocre there is usually a great one by 
the same band somewhere else on the record. Standout tunes for me 
were the awesome ska/punk of CASE'S "Oh", the melodic punk of 
LAST ROUGH CAUSE'S tune, 'The Violent Few" and upbeat punk 
of CRUX's "111 Die With My Boots On". It's also great that they 
included band histories and discographies. (EY) 
(Captain Oi!, POBox 501, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP10 8QA, 
ENGLAND) 

V/A - "Oita City Hard Core" EP 

Yet another MCR city comp. 
Side A features CORROSION, with 
their total-fuzz CONFUSE style of 
HC; and CHAOS who do the hard- 
core thing with melodic vocals. The 
flip side has CARCASS GRINDER, 
who do the 'on-the-verge-of-grind- 
core' thing (yeah!), and GODDAMN 
BULL who do the Japanese-HC thing 
with power. Raging shit (MW) 
(MCR c/o Sound Pollution, PO Box 
17742, Covington, KY 41017) 

V/A - "Order Of The Kite Vol. 1" CD 

There's not much documentation with this release (a boot?) but 
it appears to be a compilation of Japanese hardcore from the mid-to- 
late '80s, which bodes well. 27 tracks of raging intensity from ANTI- 1 
SEPTIC, CRIME, Z, DISARRAY, THE SEXUAL, and M78 (an 
almost melodic collaboration between GAS, GHOUL, SYSTEMAT- 
IC DEATH and GASTUNK). Quality varies, as some of these tracks 
were originally pressed on flexis, but there are some fucked-up, ear 
destroying gems on here. This isn't the soundtrack for a romantic 
dinner for two, but if you're planning some home improvement and 
need to peel the paint from your walls, this disc will do it. (AM) 
(no address) 

V/A - "Prime Slime" video 

The flier I got with this said "a good review is unacceptable". 
Well too bad. This is fuckin' cool. To put it simply this is a mixture 
of live footage, one song from each of the bands, as well as a couple 
of funny shorts, that include footage of people vomiting and doin' the 
number two, by a kooky guy and girl from back east. The bands 
featured are BLANKS 77, AUS-ROTTEN, DROPDEAD, OXYMO- 
RON, THE CASUALTIES/THE VINDICTIVES, PROPAGHANDI 
and SCREECHING WEASEL. The best thing about this is thatyou 
can pick any three of the bands listed above and have their entire | 
shows put on the tape you order. Not bad for ten bucks. (RM) 
(Prime Slime, 114 Ingham Hill Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475) 

V/A - "Radio Disappears" 45 

The split 7" in which each band does the other's song may not be I 
a new idea, but fortunately each band involved here is able to make the I 
song sound like their own. THE PEECHES do THE DRAGS' "Well 
Worth Talking About" and with the aid of their distinctive singer and I 
some feedback it sounds pretty good. THE DRAGS do "Slick's Living I 
It Up At The Bottom Of The Sea" and with the aid of their distinctive I 
guitar sound and some screaming it sounds pretty good. The person I 
who matched these two up together had the right idea. (CK) 
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enaje A... Angry Samoans" EP 

Why, with all the tribute 
records being put out these days, do 
the ANGRY SAMOANS get only a 
7" EP with four bands? Anyway, one 
song each by FROGGER, DISCIPU- 
LOS DE DIONISOS, GAS CHAM- 
BER, and AEROBITCH. All four 
are done very well, basically true to 
the originals. What then does this 
bring to the table? Not a lot. Cool 
packaging, though. (KK) 
(Punch Records, Apdo 60167, 28080 Madrid, SPAIN) 



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I V/A - "Riot City: The Punk Singles Collection" 2xLP 

Yikes, what a retrospective. Names: VICE SQUAD, 
THE INSANE, ABRASIVE WHEELS, COURT MARTIAL, 
CHAOS UK, UNDEAD, EXPELLED, CHAOTIC DISCHORD, 
MAYHEM,EJECTED,RESISTANCE77,UNDERDOGS,VARUK- 
ERS.NO CHOICE,EMERGENCY,SEX AIDS,ULTRA VIOLENT. 

I All the early '80s UK Riot City label classic singles— repackaged for 

I the new punks on the block. (TY) 
(Captain Oi, PO Box 501, High Wycombe, HP10 8QA, UK) 

I V/A - "Secret: The Punk Singles Collection Vol 2" LP 

Yikes, what a retrospective. Names: THE EXPLOITED, 
llNFARIOT, 4 SKINS, THE BUSINESS, CHRON GEN, 
[THE GONADS, SKIN DISEASE, VENOM. All the early '80s UK 
■ Secret label classic singles — repackaged for the new punks on the 
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Italy rules when it comes to 
instrumental surf. These Italian 
bands even have cool names; 
ROYAL NIGHTMARES, The 
UP'S!, The UNINVITED, The PET- 
RHTED. Real good. (MC) 
(Misty Lane, L.A. Pascucci 46, 00168 
Rome, ITALY) 



V/A - "The Great British Punk Rock Explosion" LP + 45" 
I These 22 songs are a darn good approximation of punk's great 

pits. I don't know why all this British punk from the late '70s - early 

'80s is being repackaged 99 different ways, but it would be hard to 
I come up with a better batch than this. Includes ADVERTS, The 
IBOYS, ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, SHAM 69, EXPLOITED, 

SEX PISTOLS, UK SUBS, etc. (MC) 
|(Dojo, PO Box 281, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2BB, ENGLAND) 



I V/A - "The 1996 Punk Rock'N'Roll Horrorshow" 10" 

A 10" compilation featuring one track each from the following 
I bands (all from continental Europe): LET'S GO'S, ROBOTS, MO- 
IBILE MOB FREAKSHOW, MOTHER SUPERIOR, THEE 
I HUNCH, H YMANS, HELL ACOPTERS, RICHIES, DESTITUTES, 
I and LOUDPIPES. The styles range from '70s style metalish punk to 
I RAMONES style punk to punk-a-billy. I know this is going to sound 
I odd, but I started wondering if I was listening to a KISS tribute 
I record. Overall, too many guitar solos for me. Green vinyl and a cloth 
I outside jacket Neat. (KK) 
■ (Frank Records, PO Box 103, 771 24 Ludvika, SWEDEN) 



V/A - The Primitive" EP 

JEFF DAHL does an OK hard rock version of the STONES' 
"Out Of Time," which is nothing spectacular (but then, I'm not much I 
of a DAHL fan). THEE EKLEKTIKS "Knockin' On My Door" is 
journeyman metal that's much too slow on the slow parts (which 
seem like most of the song's epic length) if it's a 33 RPMer or has 
Chipmunkishly high vocals. Limited to 500 copies (no cheap shot 
comments here!). (DD) I 

(Disagree Records c/o Stephanie Becamel, 43 Cours Lieutaud, 13006 
Marseille, FRANCE) 



V/A - "Trouble On The Terraces" LP 

On my recent trip to England I was surprised at the popularity 
of "football" (no, not American football you 49ers fans, I mean 
soccer) in that country. Well, this "theme" LP is about the glorifica- 
tion of "soccer hooliganism" (for more info on soccer thugs read the 1 
excellent book "Amoung The Thugs") it contains all previously 
released tracks by the most famous early oi bands such as ANGELIC 
UPSTARTS, COCK SPARRER, THE BUSINESS, LAST RESORT, ' 
and lesser known names like the GONADS and the WARRIORS. 
Curiously enough the ultimate soccer hooligan band, The COCK- , 
NEY REJECTS (who were fervent Chelsea fans, and most often 
wore their colors on stage) are missing, and the inclusion of tracks 
like the 4-SKINS "A.CA.B." which have nothing to do with soccer. 
Overall tho, a good concept and collection of some of the best oi tunes. 
(EY) 
(Step-1 Music, PO Box 21, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 7ZZ, ENGLAND) 

V/A - "Una De Gato Cuerno De Vaca" 2xEP 

A damn good double 7" comp. You get some fast hardcore with I 
the likes of LOGICAL NONSENSE and the FANATICS, and them 
some slow-ass dirge with Japan's CORRUPTED and the East Coast's I 
ever-mighty CATTLEPRESS (they got my vote for the standout of I 
the comp). Others featured are SISTEMA NERVIOSO, ATOM- 1 
KINDER, EL DOPA and BUZZKILL. What's cool about this comp 
is that it doesn't limit itself to one style of the 'hard 'core scene, but 
combines a good variety of bands. (MW) 
(Tee Pee Records, PO Box 20307, New York, NY, 10009-9991) 



V/A - "Victims Of Hate And Vio- 
lence" EP 

A double 7" comp featuring 
bands from all the place: NO FRAUD, 
FUCKFACE, PINHEAD CIRCUS, 
SWEET DADDY, IGNORANCE 
PARK, THE KRAYONS, and MAN- 
CHURIAN CANDIDATES. The 
music is definitely hardcore, and the 
bands lyrics all deal with political 
issues from a personal level to anti- 
capitalist. Cool. 

($5.00ppd: BCB Records, 6501 Ches- 
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V/A - "Wir Brauchen Faxen, Faxen, Faxen" CD 

As has been said a million times about comps, this has a few 
standouts with the majority blending together and getting lost. Most 
of the bands fit into the melodic punk mold, with a few exceptions. 
BONEHOUSE presents their version of the heavy, mosh-core thing 
and SEASICK approaches the category of snot nosed crusty style. 
SUPERNICHTS, RANK MIASM, and the GREAT UNWASHED 
have real catchy songs mixing together BAD RELIGION and 7 
SECONDS quite well. The winner here was BAD NEWS which had 
a more rocked out, early DAG NASTY approach. I wish the 
NEW WAVE HOOKERS song was a bit more memorable, due to 
their awesome name. (TH) 

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rejected. Consistency is impossible in a situation like this. Thanks a lot. Matt Average 



ABADDON #3 / 75c ppd 
5 1/2 x 4 1/2 - copied - 40 pgs 
This is one that will give you something to think 
about, starting with several pages of facts about 
homelessness and poverty, and some writing 
about the size of the Defense budget for the US. 
Not really new information, but it's good to be 
reminded sometimes. Also some good book re- 
views and an interview with Endeavor. Plus a lovely 
fold out centerfold. (JW) 
Jeffrey / 12039 UNCG / Greensboro, NC 
27413 

ALIEN #1 / $1 .50 ppd or 4 stamps 
5 1/2x8- copied - 78 pgs 
This issue deals largely with mental ill- 
ness/manic depression - how it affects 
the editor on practically every level, what 
she's learned about it and how she deals; 
also included are several lengthy corre- 
spondences with other women dealing 
with similar issues. It's emotionally heavy 
material and the zine is really big but the 
editorchanges tacks often enough to keep 
someone exposed to this stuff for the 1 st 
time from being overwhelmed. If you're at 
all interested in understanding and sup- 
porting "crazy" people, I highly recom- 
mend this. (JM) 

Witknee c/o Wow Cool / 48 Shattuck Sq 
#149 / Berkeley, CA 94704 

ALL ROADS LEAD TO BOREDOM #3 

/ 3 stamps 

7x8 1/2 -copied - 24 pgs 
The latest edition of this Tulsa zine brings us 
an interview with The Kids Who Never Learned 
To Color Inside The Lines, a 'where are they 
now' article on the bands that appeared on the 
"Straight From The Crotch Of The Bible Belt" 
comp tape the editor put out sometime ago, 
the joys of taking a shit, tough women actors, 
local news, and more bizarre stuff from the 
minds of Matt and Dale. The humor in this zine 
is great, and only from Tulsa could a zine like 
this be spawned. (MA) 
POBox 1693 /Tulsa, OK 74101 

ANEURYSM #9 / $2.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11- newsprint - 48 pgs 
Good stuff here - a bunch of interesting col- 
umns up front, some decent interviews with 
Rev.Norb, Lifetime, Instil, and Screw 32 and a 
pretty large review section. Plus a great photo 
on the back cover. (JW) 
3 Kendal Ct. / Marlton, NJ 08053 




ANGRY PEOPLE #13/ $3.00 ppd 
8 1/2x12- offset - 20 pgs 
This publication is geared towards uniting the 
Working Class against this Capitalist system. 
Although from Australia, and the articles revolve 
around issues facing that country, there's still 
things you can relate to. Anti-immigration poli- 
tics aren't just being pushed in America, as 
illustrated in an article about how Australia pol- 
iticians are also playing the race card to win 
votes. Other articles discuss the need to build 
Anarchist centers for the youth, police corrup- 
tion, the weakening of unions, prisons, and 
more. A good read, and something that will 
certainly get you riled up at the ruling class, if the 
alarm clock doesn't do that already (MA) 
PO Box 1 08 / St. Peters / NSW 2044 / Australia 

ANNEX #2 / Free 
8 1/2x11- printed- 46 pgs 
This is okay I guess. Nothing really out of the 
ordinary or extremely creative. The two cartoon 
strips are pretty funny and the tips on making 
mixed drinks is pretty cool but aside from that 
this is pretty much just show, zine and record 
reviews as well as interviews with Funeral Ora- 
tion, No Knife and Zoinks. Hey, it's free so I 
guess you can't go that wrong. (RM) 
Annex / PO Box 18475 / San Antonio, TX 
78218-0475 



BHP #9 / $3 ppd 

5 1/2x81/2- offset - 40 pgs 

BHP is mostly music oriented, with lots of 

interviews, including: Pennywise, Schema, 

Riverdales, No Empathy. Brat Pack, CIV, 

Dawson and Mc D V Christ. In between the 

interviews are lots of tidbits on movies, drunk 

driving. Garbage, Tarantino, self publishing. 

reviews and a reader's poll. Lots of stuff in 

here. (JX) 

1 Chandos Road / Tunbridge Wells, Kent 

TN12NY/UK 

BARBECUED AIR # 1 3 / $ 1 .00 + 3 stamps 
5 1/2x81/2- photocopied - 40 pgs 
Handwritten zine revolving around the follow- 
ingthemes: "I hate the punkcliques, I hate the 
people in my high school, I hate the trendies, 
I hate clubs, I hate the fake punks. " And so on 
for 40 pages. Probably cathartic to write, but 
boring as shit to read after about 10 pages. 
Sorry. (CS) 

E. Jacobson / 753 Wind Willow Way / Simi 
Valley, CA 93065 

BED RUCK Ol! #2 / $1 ppd 

8 1/2x11- copied - 34 pgs 
This zine caused me to raise an eyebrow as 
soon as I opened it and saw that the editor 
lists that shitty, metal nazi band, Brutal Attack 
under his top ten favorite lyrics and "seig 
heil" era Screwdriver in his top ten songs 
lists. Inside you'll find various right-wing rants 
including one against gun control ( Boo-Hoo! 
you 've got to wait a couple of days before you 
can purchase your new semi-automatic 
streetsweeper with a folding stock and pistol 
grip to go squirrel hunting with) and another 
on how years ago shows would go off without 
any violence with " racist skins, blacks, sharps 
and rudies" all in the same room (dream on). 
This issue also comes with the standard 
record reviews and interviews. To his credit 
the interviews with The Hellbillys, Bones from 
The Lower Class Brats and a band called Top 
Dead Center are pretty good and I did read 
the entire zine from cover to cover the first 
time I picked it up. (RM) 
PO Box 452 / Monroe, CT 06468 

BEYOND REALITY #3 / $2.00 ppd 
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 - copied - 48 pgs 
Solid zine with a cool regional focus - be it 
intentional or not, it's good to read something 
where the person is obviously writing about 
things they know about. The standard zine 



essentials - interviews (Hard to Swallow, 
Marker, Cracked Cop Skulls) and loads of 
record/show reviews. It's good that there's a 
bunch of stuff panned in here - while I may not 
always agree, at least there's enough honest- 
ly to deliver the negative reviews! CTM) 
58 Richmond Road / Bristol BS6 EW / En- 
gland 

BITCH DYKE WHORE #2 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1 /2 - copied - 32 pgs 

Issue 1 of BDW was one of the best zines I've 

seen the last year, so I was real excited to see 

the new issue. It starts out intense, as the 

person who raped the editor was sentenced 

to 30 years... There's also a piece on Tribe 8, 

eating disorders, "cool" fashions, andqueer- 

ness. Another really cool issue, and I hope to 

see more. (JX) 

Lisa / 2835 Swallowtail / Boise. ID 83706 

BOTTLE FULL OF SMOKE #1 / $3 

81/2x1 1 - copied w/ color cover -20 pgs 
Comic book with an interesting graphic 
style — simple graphics a la No Hope, 
maybe, but heavy on intricate cross hatch 
shading, and very light on text. Pretty 
interesting, although some of it was a bit 
beyond me. If you have a high apprecia- 
tion for comic art, check it out. (CS) 
2503 Dundas St / Vancouver. BC / V5K 
1 L2 / Canada 

BRICKS THROUGH A WINDOW 

#5 / $1 .00 ppd 
7x8 1/2 -copied - 24 pgs 
A mostly handwritten zine containing the 
usual zine standards - interviews with 
DJ Lebowitz and Failure Face (which 
looked like a fifth generation copy, which 
made it hard to read at points), and vari- 
ous 'personal' style editorials. (TM) 
Jasen / 1 508 Third Street / Duarte, CA 
91010 

BURN COLLECTOR / No 3 / a stamp 
5 1/2x81/2- copied - 1 2 pages 
For being so sparse, this zine has a lot of 
good writing and humorous, intelligent 
insights. The standout piece concerns the 
sad contemporary existence of 80s-style 
metalheads (heshers. etc.), including con- 
clusions such as "Being a metalhead in 
1 995 is the societal equivalent of being a 
punkrockerin 1985," and "shed a tear for the 
poor metalhead; he's fallen on tough times. 
Maybe when heavy metal comes back into 
style [god forbid] he'll remember your sympa- 
thy kindly and not run your pitiful punk ass 
down with his Camaro." (JH) 
Al Burian / 307 Blueridge Rd / Carrboro, NC 
27510 

BURNT OUT ZINE #2 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied - 22 pgs 

Comic about a spiked mohawked punk. He 

steals, he drinks, he hitchhikes. The drawings 

are pretty good, pen and ink stuff, and the only 

words are the endnotes. Looks a lot like a 

coloring book, this kid should keep drawing, 

he is starting to find and develop his own style. 

(JB) 

1307 Cedar Ave. S. #4 / Minneapolis, MN 

55454 

CACTUS AMONGUS #3 / $1 or trade 
5 1/2x81/2- copied - 44 pgs 
Wacky! The cover for this zine disgusted my 
roommate. It must be something in the water 
in Arizona that gives fanzine editors a twisted 
sense of humor. This is kind of sloppy and 
strange. There's lots of book and record re- 



views and weird tales from childhood, 80's trivia, 
going to jail for peeing in public, and work 
stories. CMD) 
PO Box 43141 / Tucson, AZ 85733 

CANDLES FOR GIRLS #2 / $1 and 2 

stamps 

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 - copied - 32 pgs 
This is a personal, (for lack of a better term) girl- 
zine. It's one of those zines that's almost a bit too 
personal. . .making you wonder why the editor is 
sharing certain things with you, making it a 
bit.. .awkward. There's a lot of writing on an 
abusive relationship and dealing with self-ha- 
tred. There's a feminist critique of the bible, and 
writing on the Midwest girl fest, plus reviews. 
The only really light-hearted thing was a reprint 
of a religious pamphlet on how to overcome 
masturbation. Decent, but, "heavy." 
(MD) 
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CARRY ON Ol #1 / ? 

8 1/2x113/4- printed- 28 pgs 
This is a well put together oi/punk zine from 
Poland done for the first time in English. Some of 
the grammar and word usage are a bit odd but 
that doesn't stop these guys from getting their 
point across. As a matter of fact I found that it 
added a bit of charm to the whole thing. This 
issue comes packed with show reviews, some 
really good interviews with Laurel Aitken, 
Chelsea, The Templars, Bob of Helen of Oi and 
others as well as a page or so of record reviews. 
The only dark spot for me was a piece on Rancid 
that looks as if it came straight out of a promo 
pack. If you're an Oi fan this is worth tracking 
down. (RM) 
PO Box 855 / 30-960 Krakow 1 / Poland 

CENSOR THIS #6 / $2.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11 - offset - 66 pgs 
Censor This? I wouldn't dream of it, even though 
my brittle, delicate Northern California sensibil- 
ities are being assaulted everywhere I turn in this 
'zine... Just look at those articles advocating 
meat-eating and random violence, all the photos 
of naked women and all that 'dead baby' art- 
work. I tell you, it's enough to make you weep 



bitter tears for the sick, twisted society that 
would produce such... anger. Contains inter- 
views with on-again, off-again punk bands 
UXA and the Vandals, as well as the Neptu- 
nas, Blackjax, and the Coma-Tones, plenty of 
reviews, artwork, editorializing, and just a lot 
of reading material overall. Kind of like a 
crabbier Flipside minus the glossy cover and 
poetry section - which is a shame, consider- 
ing that there are so many fresh, young 
talented poets out there in desperate need of 
exposure. I guess they'll have to turn else- 
where... This might be good for one of those 
-sigh- "fanzine" things, though I'd much rath- 
er preferto crack open the Utne Readerwhen 
I settle down with my cup of chamomile tea. 
UR) 
PO Box 5551 / Pasadena, CA 91 1 17-0551 

COMETBUS #37 / $2.50 ppd 

8 1/2x51/2- copied - 56 pgs 

This a collection of stories written be- 
tween 1991 and 1995 for other zines, or 
things that weren't published elsewhere. 
Lots of it is personal dealing with the 
opposite sex. Plus there are plenty of 
descriptions of other places and people. 
Cometbus as usual is excellent reading. If 
you don't know about it, buy it. If you do 
know about it you have probably already 
got a copy. (HH) 
PO Box 4279 / Berkeley, CA 94704 

DIPPER (best of 1 990 - 1 993) / $2? 
8 1/2x11 - copied - 56 pgs 
OK, the editor is some transplanted 
English guy from some band (you'd 
probably recognize the name) and this 
is a collection of his previous zines. 
Some really funny stories, comics, etc 
here. Especially the one where the cop 
made the guy play the guitar to prove 
it wasn't stolen and he played "Police 
Story" by Black Flag. The whole thing 
is like that. Cool. (CS) 
PO Box 21 365 / Washington, DC 20009 

DIVE COMICS #6 / $3.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11- offset - 32 pgs 
You gum-chewin' , big mac-munchin' , base- 
ball hat-wearin' Yanks can just skip right 
over to the next review, cos you're not 
going to understand a single joke in here! 
Hot on the heels of Skate Muties/Bugs 
and Drugs and ripping off Viz in no short 
order. Dive is a chaotic, cut and paste send up 
of anyone British popular culture ever tried to 
pawn off on unwitting youngsters. With refer- 
ences to everything from Jamie and The 
Magic Torch to Vimto to Tucker's Luck, inter- 
views with Wat Tyler and Snuff, and comics 
about Julian Cope and Rudimentary Peni, this 
is very crude but very very funny. It was right 
up my alley. (AM) 

Flat 3/81 Forest Road W. / Nottingham / 
NG7 4ER / England 

DORK ZINE #7 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 - copied - 40 pgs 
I didn't like this, I just can't tolerate this kind of 
juvenile shit. One kid is whining about how all 
his friends are at a "titty bar" while he's not 
old enough to go, some moronic graphics of 
voluptuous women getting fucked and an 
interview with Gardner from J Church. You 
can see how this all fits.(?) Also a 4 pg. letter 
commenting on an earlier issue of the zine 
where they go on about the evils of riot grrl. 
Yuck, this kind of stuff simply reinforces the 
status quo. (MJ) 

George Hewitt / 7020 Grand Canyon Dr. 
#117/ Austin, TX 78752 



DRAGSVILLE #2 / $2.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11 • offset - 40 pgs 
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines - 
no, there thankfully isn't any bogus "hot rod" 
shit in this one, regardless of what the title 
might imply... there are, however, interviews 
with the Smugglers and the Spider Babies, a 
few record discographies, a bunch of reviews 
of "geerage" 45s (some of which I know to be 
long out of print - don't get your hopes up, 
kids), clean graphics, clip art, and lots of 
representations of Voxx guitars. (JR) 
7318 - 1 1 1 St. / Edmonton, AB /T6G IH1 / 
Canada 

DROPOUT #3 / $1 .00 ppd 
17x11 - newsprint - 1 2 pgs 
Lots of stories and info on school (and drop- 
ping out), particularly focusing on how much 
school is full of nazi teachers and brownshirt 
students. Intelligently written, although I don't 
agree 100% with its findings. If you're still 
doing time in high school, get this. (CS) 
Dropout c/o The Hindenburg / 1 1 14 21 st St 
/ Sacramento, CA 95814 

EUPHORIA #1 / 75c + 1 stamp 

The main point of this seems to be to 

chronicle a rather meaningless letter war 

between the publisher and a comic book 

artist. I'm not really sure what I was 

supposed to get out of this. There's also 

some more or less okay music reviews 

and a new way to torture house flies. 

(JW) 

Mike Krasilnikoff / 651 Santa Barbara 

Ave. / Millbrae, CA 94030-1 126 

EVADE #3 / $3.00 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied - 22 pgs 

I initially thought this was going to be your 

regular generic hardcore zine, but i was 

wrong it is actually pretty cool. It is a 

photo/interview zirie with tons and tons 
of photos that reproduced pretty well. 
Reminds me of that photo zine called 
Intermission that was around a few years 
ago. Anyway, this is nice, good inter- 
views with 454, Big Block, Mouthpiece 
and, Conviction. Oh, and I mustn't forget 
the Chokehold centerfold . Check it out. .. . 
(LU) 

Rebecca Ransom / 1 30 Windermere Rd. 
/Lockport, NY 14094 

FAMOUS HARDCORE OF PUNKLAND 

#1 1 / $3.00 

8 1/2x11 -copied - 90 pgs 
Transcriptions of old MRR radio DJ's, like 
Jeff Bale, Tim Yohanan, and Ruth Schwartz, 
stolen interviews with tons of bands, original 
interviews with tons of bands, big messy 
photos of bands. The works. Bands include: 
Social Unrest, Strychnine, The Stitches, The 
Hates, Fixtures, Blue Collar, RipOffs, Rancid 
Vat, (Impatient) Youth, etc etc etc. Plus lots of 
other reprints, articles and more, including a 
reprint of a Tiger Beat style magazine called 
"Punk Rock" from the early 80s that had 
Devo, the Jam, Sex Pistols, etc. Plus a big list 
of all the labels Caroline distributes. Bath- 
room reading pleasure for months. (CS) 
PO Box 987 / San Carlos, CA 94070 

FILTH #22, June / free 
1 1x1 7 - newsprint - 28 pgs 
This issue's theme: rock casualties. There's a 
piece on Gene Vincent that's too short, "En- 
glish Musicians and Their Problems" (Brian 
Jones, Morrisey...), and an article about Sa- 
tanic black metal or somesuch. One footnote 
to the Brian Jones story - his murderer recent- 



ly confessed on his deathbed that he had drowned 

Brian in the pool on that fateful night. I thought 

everyone knew that. (JH) 

Box 1 04 / 2336 Market St / San Francisco, CA 

94114 

FORLORN HOPE #2 / $1 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied- 32 pgs 

This zine has some reviews and stuff, but is 

mostly just various ideas and bits about the 

author's life. While it certainly is a bit cathartic, 

most of what we all do is, and that in turn can be 

cathartic for others. This is pretty simple, but I 

liked it. CGF) 

(1 1 Revere Ct / Princeton Jet, NJ 08550 

FROSTBITE #4 / $1 .32 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - copied (color cover) - 30 pgs 
First thing you notice is the space - there's a lot 
of it unused. Not really a bad thing, as it makes 
everything else easier to read. Political (in a 
personal way) writings, travel reports and an 
interview with Mineral (with some of the most 
predictable band questions around!). (TM) 
Theo K / 1 29 Keller Ln / Trucksville, PA 1 8708- 
1616 



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FRUITY PEBBLES #10/ free & postage 
8 1/2x11- copied - 8 pgs 
I would say this is more of flier than a zine. 
Regardless, everything in this is well written and 
fairly interesting, especially the piece on "punk 
business " that is more or less a response to Ben 
Weasel's article on the same topic that ran in 
MRR a while back. It also comes with show and 
record reviews, a family tree piece of sorts on 
several bands and a letter or two. (RM) 
1731 Cleveland St. / Evanston, IL 60202 

GEARHEAD #4 / $5.95 ppd 
8 1/2x11 -printed- 112 pgs 
Well, the price is high, but i guess ya gotta pay 
for looks. Thick color covers with a Coop draw- 
ing on it and lovely printed pages inside- Hey this 
is not cut and paste xerox jobby. hard to believe 
this is only the 4th issue. Gearhead seems have 
become a staple in the "hi-fashion" zine realm. 
Anyway, if you know this zine already, the I'll 
guess you'll like it. If you car about cars or Mike 



LaVella, the I guess you'll like it. Comes with 

Monomen/Girl Trouble split single. Also: Why 

I LuvThe Beach Boys, pt 2. (lots of pictures of 

a Fat Brian Wilson, allright!) (JB) 

PO Box 42 1 2 1 9 / San Francisco, CA / 94 1 42- 

1219 

GEEK BOY #1 / $1.00 ppd 
5 1/2x8 1/2 -copied -24 pgs 
This zine has a really good personal tone to it. 
The editor put this together at the beginning 
of summervacation from college, talking about 
being back in his hometown, and how it looks 
after being somewhere else for a while, really 
interesting and insightful. There are also tales 
of chucking donuts at cops, work, punk rock, 
pacifism, and more. The layouts cut and paste 
without being sloppy, and the writing is pretty 
good. This is something you can lose yourself 
in. Put on your favorite record and read this. 
(MA) 

Johnrash / 2127 UNCG Station / Greens- 
boro, NC 2741 3 

GENERIC #7/ $1.00 ppd 

5 1/2x8 1 /2 - copied - 40 pgs 

This is what one would call a punkzine, and 
I am not too keen on 'em personally. These 
folks have a weird sense of humor, and the 
first page is a disclaimer about how they 
use the word "fag' in the zine, then a 
Seven Seconds interview, how he hates 
old people, and " 50 Questions to ask your 
local Vegans and Vegetarians. "Much more 
stuff, but I got bored and stopped reading, 
i guess just not my cup o' vegan coffee. 
(LU) 

218 Autumn View Dr. / Winston-Salem, 
NC 27103 

GENETIC DISORDER #14 / $3 ppd 

8 1/2 x 1 1 - newsprint - 1 28 pgs 
Great zine from San Diego. The theme this 
issue is heavy metal and satanism. Inside 
you'll find testimonials from former hes- 
sians and other humorous stories. Tons of 
ads and reviews round it out. Worth the 
price for the cover picture alone. What is 
it about San Diego punks and their fasci- 
nation with heavy metal? I've known too 
many to call it mere coincidence. (JB) 
PO Box 1 5237 / San Diego, CA 921 75 

HEARTATTACK # 1 2 / $1 .00 ppd 
8 1/2x11 - newsprint - 56 
The latest installment, again the letters 
section is the main feature. This time it's 
Felix Von Havoc for his attitude towards 
the current punk/hardcore scene, and then 
there's a little more on the Chris Bonner 
controversy. Rounding this issue out is an 
interview with Coleman, columns, and re- 
views. As always, thought provoking. (MA) 
PO Box 848 / Goleta, CA 931 16 

HELLBENDER #9 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11- newsprint - 32 pgs 
Hardcore zine from New York. If you like 
hardcore, and lots of "who cares about ma- 
jors versus indies, we just care about music" 
arguments, you'll probably like it. The inter- 
views are all well done, and some of the bands 
had some surprisingly intelligent things to 
say. Bands include: Down by Law, Good 
Riddance, Goldfinger. Millencolin, All Out War, 
Game Face, H20, and Avail. (CS) 
PO Box 547 / Vails Gate, NY 1 2584 

HIGHWAY 666 #2 / $1 .00 or 2 stamps 

5 1/2x81/2/ handwritten! / 20 pgs 

This is really unusual. Almost the entire thing 

is written in ink, by hand, on lined notebook 



paper. The text is primarily record reviews 
(sigh) of Lookout! bands, and poetry nicked 
from Absolutely Zippo! After that, there are 
another two pages of "thank yous" and "fuk 
yous. " It's hard to deride this zine because so 
much work was put into it, but in spite of that, 
there's just not much there. And why is it all 
written by hand? "I haven't got the money, I'm 
really stupid, and I've been banned from the 
copy store." Good grief! (JH) 
Christine / PO Box 37026 / Raleigh, NC 
27627-7026 

I AM ACLICHE#1/$2ppd 

8 1/2x11 -copied - 30 pgs 
Sexy, vaguely smutty, tough girl zine, with 
much adoration of Lydia Lunch. She reviews 
Marquis de Sade, gives Emma Goldman's 
bio, prints poetry from X and Sylvia Plath, 
interviews Lydia Lunch and such. Cool if this 
is your scene, but a little too expensive. (MJ) 
2315 Green St. / Harrisburg, PA 171 10 

ICARUS WAS RIGHT #3 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11 - offset - 1 1 2 pgs 
A zine for college students! I don't know why 
that's what this zine made me think of, 
maybe it's the college-essay style writing 
that I can't get into. This zine is pretty slick 
and well done, and overall has good lay- 
out. As for the content, there's interviews 
with Unwound, The Promise Ring, and 
articles on "Punk and the Internet, " cen- 
sorship, consumerism, Food Not Bombs, 
and excerpts from (yawn) the Unabomer 
manifesto. There are loads of reviews of 
records, shows and zines. I wish more 
girls would start bad emo bands so 
wouldn't have to look at so many cheesy 
photos of stylish boy bands (there are 
tons in here - yuck). You'll probably like 
this zine anyway. (MD) 
PO Box 1 9 1 1 75 / San Diego, CA 92 1 59 

ILLITERATE TIMES #2 / $1 25 or 

trade 

II 1/2x8 -copied - 12 pgs 
Small zines such as this one I can usually 
find amusing because the editors usually 
have fun putting them together, that is it 
hasn't become work yet. This issue has 
interviews with Starkweather and Nard- 
wuar. There are also a couple of totally 
rad comics and a great editorial against 
rich yuppie shits. (HH) 
Daniel Vila / Carrer Santissima Trinitat 
Del Mont 25A / 08017 / Barcelona / 
Spain 

I'M JOHNNY AND I DON'T GIVE 

A FUCK/ #2/ $2.00 ppd 
5 1/2x3 1/4 -copied - 68 pgs 
If you send away for any fanzine this month, or 
even next month, make it this one. It just 
leaves me speechless, ya know. Incredible 
stories, true adventures, powerful tales of 
living on the wrong side of the tracks, getting 
kicked out of England, some sad stories, 
some funny stories, and always a sense of 
honesty and candor. It's legibly handwritten 
and laid out cleanly and attractively. Seeing 
zines like this one makes having to read and 
review useless crap worth all the trouble. 
Best zine this month, hands down. (JH) 
PO Box 21533 / 1850 Commercial Dr / 
Vancouver, BC / V5N 4A0 / Canada 

JAIL BAIT #5 / $2 ppd 

7x8 1/2 -copied - 60 pgs 
Well. ..okay. This zine has a very lengthy inter- 
view with the Hi-Fives, and then an article 
about Sweet Baby, as well as an interview 



with Dallas Denery, singer for Sweet Baby. Then 
we have the record reviews; these are laid out 
over pictures of naked women I would say came 
out of Playboy. I know it can be hard coming to 
terms with yourself and your hormones when 
you are young, but really. Sexuality is exciting 
and real; photos from Playboy used to "deco- 
rate" what is otherwise supposed to be part of 
a culture that sees through crap like Playboy is 
not sexy or fun, just plain old embarrassing, and 
I am embarrassed for you. (GF) 
PO Box 1972 / Union City, CA 94587-6972 

JERSEY BEAT #57 / $2 ppd 
8 1/2x11 - 1 09 pages - newsprint 
Growing up in New Jersey, this was one of the 
first zines I had ever picked up. Informative 
interviews with Weston, Trip 66, Illness, All 
Fall Down, and the aging Murphys Law (will they 
ever break up?). Jim Testa contributes his diary 
from the WE Festival in Wilmington NC, as well 
as reviewing the Asbury Music Awards. Record 
reviews and personal columns round out this 
issue. Still a good read after all these years. 
(CW) 
418 Gregory Ave / Weehawken, NJ 07087 



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KALI HUT #1 / $1 .00 + stamps 
5 1/2x81/2- copied - 40 pgs 
Super interesting zine format. Reviews, which 
are basically funny descriptions of the band, 
movie, TV talk-show segment, etc, followed by 
bullet point comments by the editor. The com- 
ments are really apt and sharp, and this is a really 
refreshing zine to read. Lots of text here for the 
money (CS) 
PO Box 1619 / Evanston, IL 60204 

MAD MONKS #7 / $3 ppd 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 56 pgs 
The current glut of zines seems to have led to an 
overall decline in quality, but it's heartening to 
see that there are still quality zines (like this one) 
out there. This is an excellent music zine based 
out of Wales of all places but covering bands and 
labels from all over. This issue features inter- 



views with Goober Patrol, Hooton 3 Car, Ex 
Cathedra, Pennywise and Jawbreaker and 
Nicky Garratt, as well as reviews, a scene 
report, articles and tons of reviews. It's really 
well laid out considering how insanely packed 
it is, and everything is tinged with a uniquely 
British sense of humor. It's a bit handicapped- 
unfriendly in places which puts me off, but 
otherwise this is a great zine. (AM) 
1 5 Leven Close / Lakeside / Cardiff / CF2 
6DN / Wales / UK 

MARRIED PUNKS #8 / $1 .00 ppd 

8 1/2X11 - copied - 24 pgs 

I was just saying tonight how I have a really 

hard time reading small print, and this is the 

only real drawback of this zine. Interviews 

with Psychobabylon, and Tooth and Nail 

records. Lots of reviews and some ads. One 

recommendation, make the type bigger and 

fill the white spaces with it. Worth the buck. 

(LU) 

PO Box 7 1 3 / Eureka, CA 95502 

MEAN PEOPLE SUCK #3 / $2 ppd or 

trade 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 40 pgs 
Third issue of a zine which seems to 
improve steadily with every issue. Nice 
to get the feeling they're saying every- 
thing they think - no ego or ass kiss 
filters involved. A bunch of columns 
(with real attitude!), reviews (good cross- 
section, from hardcore to garage), inter- 
views with Terrorgruppe and Capt. 9s & 
the Knickerbocker Trio, and some live 
photos. (TM) 

Erick & Harry /DeWieken 25/ 7891 KJ 
Klazienaveen (DR) / Holland 

MY LETTER TO THE WORLD#13 

/ $1 .00 or 3 stamps 
8 1/2 x 11 - copied - 40 pgs 
Reading this is kind of like getting an 
unexpected letter from someone you 
didn't know very well and had almost 
forgotten about - lots of news and ad- 
ventures and some dreams that are 
mildly disturbing. Mostly I enjoyed read- 
ing this, although I could have done 
without the X-Files convention, and the 
■ interviews with Hifi and the Roadburn- 
' ers and Stiff Little Fingers, while well 
done, seemed to be a little bit out of 
place. (JW) 
PO Box 40082 / Berkeley, CA 94704 

NAKED MOVIE STAR #2 / $1 ppd 

8 1/2x11 -copied - 40 pgs 
At first, I thought I was going to have 
some bedtime reading, instead I found a 
very "unpunk" zine, which made it even 
better! It had that rare feature these days of 
having a lot of typed content. Stories and 
rants on families, Garfield, unpunkness, fun 
reads, B-movies and rebels. Add to this lots 
of reviews of various types and you have a 
very good zine. Get this one. (JX) 
1940 Highland Ave. / Rochester, NY 14618 

ONE QUIET VOICE #2 / free 
5 1/2x81/2- copied - 44 pgs 
Mostly record reviews, show reviews, 
and zine reviews. Seven pages about 
Heavenly. Spot-on description of Calvin 
Johnson doing the creepy Calvin dance. 
Most irritatingly, there's four pages of the 
editor feeling sorry for himself cos he 
sprained his ankle and had to be on crutch- 
es briefly - adding that his disability at- 
tracted welcome attention from "girls 
(womyn). " Please spare me the silly spell- 



ing, that's so 1991. Bizarrely, the bit about 
being on crutches suddenly mutates into 
a diatribe about how some people have it 
a lot worse, like kids with terminal illness- 
es and people in war-torn Jerusalem. Huh? 
(JH) 

Thomas / PO Box 2 1 72 / Alameda, CA9450 1 - 
0215 

OX #23 / $7 

8 1/2x11 -offset- 116pgs 
German punk in a glossy wrapper. Lots of 
interviews with the likes of the Boxhamsters, 
Bambix, Foetus, and Dolf from Trust, col- 
umns, tour dates, reviews, recipes, etc. It 
seems very together and organized, but I am 
a monolinguist so I might not be the best 
judge. Comes with a CD. (MJ) 
Joachim Hiller / PO Box 14 34 45, D-45264 
Essen / Germany 

PMS #7 / $4 ppd 
8 1/2x11 - copied - 50 pgs 
A very interesting read, this zine focuses 
mostly on Gay issues, mainly relating to the 
London punk scene, but comments on gener- 
al society as well. There is an interview with 
the Crispy Nuts, and some record and show 
reviews, but apart from that this tends to stick 
more to political and social issues. This per- 
son has a lot to say, says it well and without 
apology. (GF) 

51-55 Waterloo Rd. / London SE1 8TX / 
England 

PARANOY #1 2 / $1 .00 or 3 stamps 
8 1/2x11 - copied - 44 pgs 
The thing about reading this is that it's like 
eating cotton candy - all fluff and sweetness, 
but you're still hungry when you finish. The 
comic on page 3 isn't bad though. (JW) 
Amanda Hughes / 0216 Griggs Hall / 2406 
Oakland Ave. / Duluth, MN 55812 



PARTIAL TRUTH #15/2 stamps 

5 1/2x11- copied - 1 6 pgs 

A "no action" comic — just 1 1 pages of two 

people having a meaning of life conversation, 

eating veggie burgers, and talking some more. 

Very Optic Nerve-ish, I thought. Worth 2 

stamps? For sure. (CS) 

Derick Badman / 1 007 Callowhill St / Perka- 

sic, PA 1 8944 

PLASTIC #5 / $1 + 2 stamps 
5 1/2x8- copied - 38 pgs 
Mostly opinions and personal writings - 
punkshit, petty complaints, drinking, and 
coming from and dealing with a shitty 
family background. Some of the writing 
was really simplistic but the pieces about 
her family were still heartfelt and moving. 
If you were raised by shitheads and drink- 
ing gets you by I think you could identify 
with this. (JM) 

1 605 Glasgow Ave / Cardiff By The Sea, CA 
92007 

PLASTIC BOMB #15 / $4.00 ppd 
11 1/2x8- printed - 1 1 6 pgs - German 
This issue carries interviews with Pansy 
Division, Oxymoron, Dirty Faces, and 
the Trash Brats. There is an in depth 
article on the women of the Yucatan, and 
an article on the lasting influence of the 
Sex Pistols. There are also plenty of 
record reviews and cool ads, and the 
cover states it comes with a free seventy 
minute CD. P.B. is an excellent place to 
check out the German scene. CHH) 
Frank Herbst / Klaumer Bruch 21 / 461 1 7 
Oberhausen / Germany 



JFANZINE REVIEWS^ 




Re/Search, 'zine listings, a guide to buying a 

tour bus for your band or church youth group, 

some reviews, some columns, some recipes. 

(JR) 

PO Box 464 / Chicago, IL 60690 

RATBOY COMIX #3/3 stamps 
8 1/2x11 - copied - 28 pgs 
Messy, crudely drawn comics of the adven- 
tures of Rat Boy and his two punk friends. 
Thrill as they are diverted from a trip, to Reno 
to see Angry Samoans. Plus Rat Wars and 
more. This is the kind of thing you want to 
have some kid give you at a super boring 
Gilman show. Interesting, keeps your mind 
off the band, but doesn't make you think too 
much. (CS) 
1 7265 DeWitt Ave / Morgan Hill, CA 95037 

RETROGRESSION #11/ $2.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11 - newsprint - 96 pgs 
This zine is packed to the gills with reading 
material! There's articles on the Communica- 
tions Decency Act, third party politics, quotes 
to illustrate where Pat Buchanan's politics 
really lie. The Straight-Edge Manifesto, an 
interview with Aus Rotten, a horde of re- 
views, columns, and personal writing. It's 
amazing how much time this zine eats up 
while you read it, a couple of hours fly by in a 
matter of minutes. (MA) 
5669 Beacon St. / Pittsburgh, PA 15217 

RIOTER'S WORLD #6 / $1 .00 ppd 

11x81/2- copied - 1 6 pgs 
This zine concentrates on the anarchistic side 
of punk. There is an article on the issue of 
freedom and another comparing modern an- 
archy with real anarchy. This zine will appeal to 
a younger audience, that next generation of 
militants. Toss a molotov for me! (HH) 
PO Box 1 3272 / Torrance, CA 90503 

RIPPING THRASH #12/ $3.00 ppd 
5 1/2x81/2- printed - 40 pgs 
Despite being Issue #1 2, this is alsotheTenth 
Anniversary Issue. Always worth acknowl- 
edging someone sticking with something that 
long! Certainly one of the most consistent 
UK zines -even with erratic publication. Polit- 
ical/informative stuff from more people than 
I could mention (a few: Flat Earth, Aversion 
Fanzine. M.D.M., ForWant Of Distribution), 
editorials, reviews and the like. Laid out in a 
extremely easy to read way - excellent all 
around! (TM) 

PO Box 152 / Burton-On-Trent / Staffs 
DE14 1XX/ England 

ROCKS OFF #4 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11- newsprint - 30 pgs 

A well put together zine with a real garage 

rock slant. Interviews with The Nightcaps 

and The Stallions (yeah!). The last half of this 

30 pages is record reviews, mostly garage 

stuff, but other punk does make a showing. 

Also the obligatory Baboon Dooley comic 

and a list explaining why the Sex Pistols 

couldn't save rock n' roll. (JB) 

PO Box 1 1 194 / Norfolk, VA 23517 



S-854 #6 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11- printed - 48 pgs 
Pretty good Miami-based zine w/ local slant. 
3bnir)3nCt3 Interviews local heroes Swivel Stick, Morn- 

•i ing Again, and Ed Matus' Struggle. 108, too. 
f 4+rvrve* nriGnCK They put Earth Crisis's name on the cover 
t3lt00S but only print the questions, saving the re- 

sponses for next issue, a HI' deceiving but 
the questions are good. In general there's an 
irreverent attitude present that comes off 
well. Also photos of bands and a tattoo expo, 



PONTO DE INTERROGACAO #1 / $3.00 
ppd 

11x81/2- copied - 24 pgs - Portuguese 
This zine has interviews with the bands Auto 
Control, Consequence, and Active Youth. There 
are also record reviews and thoughts and opin- 
ions from the editor. This zine also has some 
vinyl releases if you want to check out the Brazil 
scene. (HH) 

R.Baturite 267 / CEP 01530-030 / Sao Paulo- 
SP / Brazil - 

PUNK PLANET #1 4 / $2.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11 -offset- 112 pgs 
I guess the technological revolution is passing 
me by. I can barely comprehend the MacWrite 
program I use to type in all these reviews, and 
the there are letters in here that begin, "dear 
Punk Planet - I'm writing this letter, because I 
have no access toe-mail...", or something. And 
don't even ask me about the 'internet', because 
I won't know what you're on about. Interviews 
with Seth Friedman of Factsheet Five, the Delta 
'72, the Strike, Vale of Search & Destroy and 




reviews and ads. (JM) 
PO Box 570213 /Miami, 



SPEED DEMON #8 / $3.00 
8 1/2x11 -copied - 52 pgs 
As faras I can tell this is primarily a queer- punk 
zine. It's definitely from Italy and it's loaded 
with photos, drawings, articles, and inter- 
views. It looks great and it's probably a lot of 
fun to read. Unfortunately I can't read Italian. 
My loss. (JW) 

PO Box 44/A / Piazza San Babila. 4/D / 
20122 Milano/ Italy 

STATE MAGAZINE #4 / $2.00 ppd 
8 1/2x11- newsprint - 56 pgs 
A very well done hardcore zine that just blows me 
away. This issue has interviews with The Promise 
Ring, Mike Ski - tattoo artist, abihinanda, and 
Merick. This is layed out really well, and has a lot of 
content. One of the better zines out there. Defi- 
nitely recommended. (LU) 
PO Box 30374 / Indianapolis, IN 46230-0374 



STAY WILD #7 / 2.5 dm 

8 1/4x113/4- printed - 38 pgs 
Anotherzine from Germany that looks like 
it kicks much but alas I don't speak Ger- 
man. Crap. This is so well laid out and put 
together. The punks in the Rhine land 
really have their shit together as far as 
putting out quality reading material. This 
comes packed with interviews, reviews, 
short stories and rants. If your thinking 
about doing a zine pick this up to see 
how to do it right. (KM) 
Sven Dannenberg / Thieshoper Grund 5 / 
21438 Theishope / Germany 



STRESS FACTOR #2 / $2 ppd 

8 1/2x11- copied - 24 pgs 
The short, reprinted (from 10 Things...) 
Swingin' Utters interview was the highlight 
here, the lowlight being the column mock- 
ing retarded kids. I'd rather talk funny than 
be "normal" and a fuckhead. Most of the 
articles and other columns are short and 
don't say much. Some of the sloppy com- 
ics were okay. Also, reviews and ads. CJM) 
3137 N. 12th St. / Coeur d' Alene, ID 
83814 

STYLIN' CANDLE WAX #5 / $1 00 

ppd or trade 

5 1/2x81/2- copied - 24 pgs 
Neat little personal zine. Just talking about 
stuff. I like these kinds cuz you don't have 
to think much. Sounds weird, I know. Real 
DIY, and some parts are handwritten, but 
still legible. Some really nice pencil draw- 
ings as well. This is cute. (LU) 
Ben / 541 7 Malibu Dr. / Edina, MN 55436 



SUMMER #6 / 50 cents 

5 1/2x81/2- printed - 66 pgs 

This is pretty fat so I didn't have a chance 

to finish reading the but what the fuck I 

went to college for five years and rarely 

finished any of my required reading for 

any of my classes. Anyway, this is a good 

read. Even the interviews with J-Church 

and The MTX were interesting and I could 

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but two bucks for the rest of us. . . Interviews with 
the Statics, the Motards, Today is the Day and 
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THE ADVENTURES OF SCRUMPY AND 
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5 1/2x81/2- copied- 40 pgs 
Simon Gane from Arnie zine/comics fame strikes 
out with a new title, and this one is in a different 
direction than previous work. Rather than punk 
and anarchy, this comic deals with a couple of 
friends, one who bumbles into being an accom- 
plice in a bank robbery, and it's outcome. I 
probably said too much... The artwork is his best 
yet, and the story has a good sense of humor 
and flows well. And the printing... Yes, you 
should get this. (MA) 
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5 1/2x81/2- copied - 1 6 pgs 
Sloppy, retarded crap featuring a totally ir- 
relevant interview with some guy, lots of 
reviews of old punk records, with the main 
complaint being "this is too slow." Which 
leaves the impression that the kid doing the 
reviews equates "fast" with "good." Prob- 
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breakfast, too. Man, am I getting tired of 
these shite zines that exist solely to demon- 
strate one's "punkness." Yawn! One re- 
deeming bit: "The only real way to remove 
ticks is to play to them the Clash's 1985 
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you, as it should be, try 'Sandinista!'" Trust 
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This is what DIY is all about. Tidbit contains 

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with Jonny Wurster of Superchunk), short 

stories (one contributed by Anngirl Mcnally), 

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when your broke), a coloring book, and a 60 

minute compilation of punk bands. Quality 

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A good first issue based mostly upon person- 
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Back" is a story about freight hopping from 
the East Bay to New Orleans for Mardi 
Gras. This story worked well because it 
=~-gave a fairly in depth description of the 
trials and tribulations of a freight hopper. 
This issue was rounded out with band 
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ings. Lots of content.Worth checking out in 
the future. (CW) 
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UPSTATE #7/ $3.00 ppd 
9 x 1 2 - offset - 36 pgs 
These guys put a lot of effort into this 
publication .. . Flaygun style layouts with cha- 
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times on top of each other, and at times on 
backgrounds that bury the words. This zine 
is also meant to be looked at as art. but at 
the same time, when you see words you 
want to read them, and here it's a task. A 
couple of years ago, this style of layout was 
interesting, but now it's tired, and annoying 
at best. Words on design, punk, personal 
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UTAH PUNX COLLECTIVE #2 / 750 

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First time I've seen this - my loss. Reminds 
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there's plenty of writing from people within 
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'music' fanzine. Quality stuff - while I don't 
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WE DON'T KNOW YET #3 / $1 50 

8 1/2x11 -copied - 40 pgs 
This zine starts off with an interview with X! 
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Indie college kids with computers make a 
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"The Unwound. " Hee hee. Excellent article 
about moshing, which correctly states that 
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cannot look beyond themselves, they only 
see... what is happening to them, they sim- 
ply ignore the consequences their actions 
will have on other people. " Too true. It is an 
act of pure selfishness. It has become 
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shows in the US these days among thugs 
and jocks. How interesting that in other 
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neighbor's space and pogo up and down. 
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While not strictly a punk zine, Wire de- 
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great job of covering the East Coast (and to 
a lesser extent the national and international) 
BMX freestyle scene. More recent issues 
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its inclusion here. As well as the bike stuff this 
time around there's interviews with Doc Hop- 
per and Goodbye Harry, a slew of record and 
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Leaf Dance cd. Empathy -Under The 
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New releases: D.P.P.S./NAILED DOWN split 7" 

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7 of the snottiest hardcore punk songs you'll hear! 

Of our older releases, don't forget to pick up THE DREAD/THE 

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WORLD- WIDE PUNKROCK for sale. 2,000 
items 7 "/l 2 "/Albums. I've got megarare stuff 
as well as usual stuff. Also got indie/ mod/ 
powerpop records. This list is full of Killed 
by Death, Back to Front, Bloodstains stuff 
like: Anarchy, Briard, Dogs, Rattus, Ebba 
Gron, Bastards (Finland, Italy, Switzerland), 
Victims, Razar, Glueams, Fresh Color, Filth, 
Kriminella Gitarrer, Paraf, Stalin, Friction, 
Liket Lever, Guilty Razors. Trades welcome! 
Send 3 IRC's or $2 for complete list to Ingo 
Eitelback, PO Box 1319, 23833 Bad Oldesloe, 
Germany, Tel/Fax +49 4531 67733, E-Mail 
(101603, 2202@compuserve .com) 



I VIDEOS ! ! ! MASSIVE selection but small 
(classified so I don't have to charge you 
Ifor my catalog like those other big studs. 
Il paid for this ad and my list is free. Over 
11000 top quality rarities available off 
(Sony Hi-Fi equipment for smiling face 
Iresults. Send stamp to: Jay Kuehm, 1523 
IE, Winslowe Dr., #1A, Palatine, IL 60067 



THE PISS SHIVERS debut cd "Help! My 
Dog Is A Skinhead!", $5.00 (Postage 
Paid). We play old school punk/hc and 
want your money! 13 fast songs with at- 
titude & shitty production! Payable 
to: Cedric Crouch, 46 Oberholtzer Rd., 
Bechtelsville, PA 19505. 



IVIDEOS: PAL (UK ETC) & NTSC (USA 
letc): NoFX, Exploited, Zounds, 
iPennywise, Propaghandi, Business, Poi- 
Ison Idea, DK's, Blitz, Queers, Conflict, S. 
IWeasel, Schwartzeneggar, Operation Ivy, 
ISubhumans, Guns n Wankers, GG, Dick- 
lies, Gin Goblins, Millencolin, Snuff, 
[Mummies, Descendents, Damned etc. etc. 
(Over 2500 shows/promos/tv clips for 
Itrade/sale. SAE (UK), IRC (overseas) or 
Igood trades list to: Dave, 50a Great King 
1st., Edinburgh, Scotland. 



VIDEOS: OVER 1000 SHOWS. GG, Mur- 
der Junkies, Dwarves, Skrewdriver, Bru- 
tal Attack, No Remorse, Bound For Glory, 
Germs, Fear, Mummies, Dead Boys, Pis- 
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ploited, Lunachicks, Muffs, Adicts, Mon- 
ster Magnet, Misfits, Screeching Weasel, 
Queers, Descendents, Rollins, Iggy, 
Insaints, Buttholes, NOFX and many 
more. Write Merle Allin, 214 E. 24th St., 
#5B, NY, NY 10010 



VIDEOS: OVER 1000 SHOWS, Lots of 
masters & 1st gen. copies, in business for 
8 years-fast reliable service. Sam Blacks 
Church, Dinosaur Jr., RFYC, Didjits, Jon 
Spencer, Nick Cave, Ne.urosis, New Bomb 
Turks, J. Cash, Beasties, Marilyn Manson, 
Op Ivy, White Zombie, Hole, Dks, 
Antiseen, NIN, Smashing Punkpkins, 
Ween, Bad Brains, $1.00 for 40 pg list. 
Merle Allin, 214 E. 24th St., #5B, NY, NY 
10010. Call (212) 889-8334 



GG ALLIN: New 16 pg catalog. Largest 
selection in the world. Lots of photos and 
details of items. Includes, videos, many 
masters. 7 different T-shirts, baseball cap, 
Hated, gas stations and funeral videos, 
headstone poster, CDs, casettes, singles, 
GG artwork and stuffed GG doll. $1.00 
for large list. Write Merle Allin, 214 E. 
24th St. #5B, NY, NY, 10010. Call (212) 
889-8334 



GIRLS/GUYS., (lets try this again) Send a 
picture of yourself naked or partially na- 
ked for the 96" Beer City Skateboard & 
Record catalog. You also get a sticker to! 
Or if you are shy send $1.00 to: Beer City / 
PO Box 26035 / Milwaukee, WI 53226-0035 



S.M.D. - KING OF PUNK 8 song 7" on beer 
colored vinyl $3 ppd US, $4 ppd world to 
Maury Vasquez/ 8807 Anna St./ Pico Rivera, 
CA 90660 or order direct from: Beer City/ 
POB 26035/ Milwaukee, WI 53226-0035 



RARE BRITISH PUNK/ oi/ HC Set sale 
1800+ items, Abrasive Wheels - Zounds. 
Want list service. Please send IRC for cata- 
logue: Elista, 157 Common Rise, Hitchin, 
Herts, SG4 OHS, England. Tel/Fax 
(01462)433089. 



KARL FROM EARTH CRISIS ate my cat! I 
got lots of live & rare crap from bands like 
Screeching Weasel, Neurosis, Melvins, Op- 
eration Ivy, Bad Religion, Rancid, NoFX, 
Fugazi, Integrity, D.K.'s, Nirvana, Dead 
Milkmen, Queers, Slayer & a crap load more. 
New sampler tape: $4 ppd. or $1 for cata- 
log. Monolithic: P.O. Box 1234/Coquitlam, 
B.C. /V3J-6Z9 (Canada). 



PSYCHOBILLY! I'm looking to trade or buy 
neo-rockabilly or psychobilly vinyl, like Me- 
teors, Stray Cats, etc. Pressings from Japan, 
Greece, Australia, and New Zealand would 
be especially cool. I have tons of stuff to 
trade and can also get hold of oldBritish Oi! 
relases. Write with a list of your goods to: 
Conny Winkel, Beusselstr. 3, 10553 Berlin, 
Germany. 



PUNK RECORDS SETSALE: private col- 
lection, 1200+ items, 77-85, European, 
American, Japanese 7"s and LP's, oi, 
anarcho, Killed By Death stuff, hardcore, 
Hubble Bubble, Amebix, Skrewdriver, Big 
Boys, Youth Of Today, Rude Kids, Kids, The 
Ex, Stalin, Chaos UK, Hoax, Varukers, Re- 
ally Red, Misfits, Deep Wound,.. .Send 1 IRC 
for list to:Nathalie V., Nieuwpoortse 
Steenweg 459, Oostende 8400, Belgium. 



SOMEWHAT LARGE PUNK/ Newt (sic) 
Wave lp collection for sale (1,500 records) 
(77-94). Send wants to: Mr. Moo/ 48 
Benedict Ave./ Staten Island, NY 10314 



RUSSIAN ALTERNATIVE music for 
trade! (CD and tape formats only) We 
looking for Ministry, Swans, Cave/Birth- 
day Party, Jane's Addiction, Pornos For 
Pyros, Skinny Puppy, Neubaten, Resi- 
dents, John Cale, John Zorn/Naked City, 
Fred Frith, Bill Frisell, Blind Idiot God, 
Bauhaus, Butthole Surfers, Dead Can 
Dance, Nine Inch Nails, and many others. 
V.IE.S, P.O. Box 142, NovosiBirsk- 99, 
630099, Russia 



GG ALLIN: Funeral video. This 90 min. 
video contains GG 's wake, funeral and 
headstone memorial. The rock and roll ter- 
rorist is laid to rest for this ultimate 
hellride taken from the original master 
tape. Don't settle for shit quality from 
anyone else. The most outrageous funeral 
ever. Send $30.00 US, add $5.00 overseas. 
Money order only. Write Merle Allin, 214 
E. 24th St. #5B, NY, NY 10010. Call (212) 
889-8334. $1.00 for large GG catalog. 



GG ALLIN: Largest catalog in the world. 
Get the real deal. Don't settle for shit 
quality and long waiting. Included are 
videos from 1981-1993, best copies any- 
where and many masters, GG CDs, cas- 
settes, rare singles, GG doll, headstone 
poster, many different t-shirts, prints 
from original artwo4rk and new Murder 
Junkie releases and more. Fastest service 
for years. Call if you have any questions. 
Write Merle Alli'n, 214 E. 24th St. #5B, 
NY, NY 10010. Call (212) 889-8334. $1.00 
for large GG catalog. 



EXCELLENT QUALITY audio & video 
for sale or trade or sale. Cheap prices! $5 1 
audio, $10 video. Wide variety! Your list I 
or send a $. 55 stamp. Avail, Beastie Boys, I 
Black Sabbath, Boredoms, Civ, Deadguy, 
Neurosis, Seaweed, Snapcase, S.O.I.A., 
Sunny Day.... , Steven Severin, P.O. Box 
23203, Seattle , WA 98102 



ELECTROPUNK: recombinant musical 
project needs synth/ sampling wizard, 
guitarist & bassist, melodic guitars riv- 
eted to the electronic energy of techno, 
more barrier-breaking punk than indus- 
trial, lifetime meets mescaline? juno re- 
actor meets propagandhi? afx meets nofx? 
something new, uncompromising but 
tuneful and bracing, nyc area, contact 
Acroyear c/o Josh Anomaly/ 158 Sackett 
St. #3A/ Brooklyn, NY 11231 (718) 852- 
8075 



RARE AND NEWER RECORDS for sale 
Poison Idea, Mudhoney, Melvins, 7 Sec-| 
onds, Napalm Death and many more. 
Send stamp for list. Coming soon Gov- 
ernment Issue "Make An Effort" reissue I 
7". Tragic Life Records/ POB 60623/ S.I., 
NY 10306. John(718) 727-2548. 



VIDEOS FOR CHEAP prices! Great 
quality and fast service. 120 min. of vid- 
eos for $11. Avail, Bikini Kill, Black Flag, 
Boris, Civ, DK's , Face to Face, Judge, 
Minor Threat, Shellac, NoFX, Op. Ivy, 
Quicksand, Rancid, Embrace, S. Weasel, 
Shelter, Bloodlet, Misfits, 7 Seconds, 
Pennywise, Jawbreaker, Ramones, 
Fugazi, GB's, GG, Nirvana and 100s of 
others. Send 2 stamps for complete list. 
Sell and trade. Huey Proudhon, 4308 Oak, 
Apt S, Kansas City, MO 64111 



THE NEW WAVE HOOKERS: Darel 
titlist, fuzzed aircunt lp (see review in I 
MRR #156) now available in the U.S. for| 
$10 ppd. Vergelt's Gott. Write to: M. 
Brotsky/ POB 49984/ Austin, TX 78765 



EH-1 VIDEO FANZINE #4 is finally 
available! Featuring live songs and inter- 
views with the Muffs, New Bomb Turks, 
and D.O.A. Plus live songs from the 
Sweaters, Los Straitjackets, Chixdiggit, 
and some lame fuckin' rock star band. 2 
hours. VHS/NTSC only. $10ppd (payable 
to Rick Scullion) 3827 Lawrence Ave. E. 
#507, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, 
M1G-1R4. U.S. residents send U.S. funds. 



VIDEO TRADES ONLY: Gism, Fang, 
DFL, Scratch Acid, MC5, Accused, Necros, I 
Poison Idea, etc. Tons more! Will also trade I 
for 70's/80's sk8 gear, mags, etc. List to:| 
Visine, 198 28th St. S.F. , CA 94131-2405 



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RARE PUNK RECORDS, cds, tapes, stick- 
ers, buttons, shirts and a lot more for low 
prices! Adicts, The Dickies, Partisans, So- 
cial Unrest, Subhumans, Op Ivy, Vice 
Squad and thousands more, for a huge 30 
page catalog and free sticker, send 3 stamps 
to: Dr Strange Records, PO Box 7000-117, 
Alta Loma, CA 91701. Or call and listen to 
new releases before you buy them at (909) 
483-2979. Dr Strange has you punk rock 
fix! 



IVIDEO TAPER looking to trade with other 
Itapers or quality collectors. Seeking any- 
Ibody with anything by the Halo Benders, 
iBuilt to Spill, Beck, G.B.V., C.V.B., Pos- 
Isum Dixon, Pavement. Please contact me 
lat: Rockwell, P.O. Box 60183, Phoenix, AZ 
185082-0183 



RAT BASTARDS I have T-shirts. Same de- 
sign as split with Dead Drunk $7 ppd. Also 
I have Rat Bastards/Dead Drunk split 7" 
for $3 ppd, and new on green vinyl green 
cover and poster for $3 ppd. Get yer grubby 
hands on it before it's too late. Will E. Sur- 
vive, P.O. Box 2065, Northlake, IL 60164. 



|R ARE PUNK AND HC RECORDS for sale 
lor trade. Punk, HC, crust, power violence, 
Ijapanese HC, and more! Hundreds of 
■records for sale. Rare and recent releases 
lat reasonable prices. Send stamp or IRC 
Ifor list: Evolution, 368 Walnut St., 
•Shrewsbury, MA 01545 



AUCTION: CROSSED OUT 7" (mega-rare 
original), Citizens Arrest "A Light In the 
Darkness" 7", Negative Approach "Live 
Your Life For You" live boot LP (only 497 
pressed), "Look At All the Children Now" 



THE MUSICAL FRUIT TUESDAYS 11pm- 
2am KABF 88.3 fm: grind, death, power vio- 
lence, punk, doom, black metal, he, sludge, 
noise, and the like. Bands and labels needed 
to send in their CD's, vinyl, and cassettes. 
KABF c/o Kiffin, 17456 Oak Forest Dr., 
Mabelvale, AR 72103. Office: (501)372-1176. 
Request line: (501)433-0088. 



I NEED! anything by Los Crudos. Already 
have the Spitboy and Huasipungo splits. 
Also Antischism, Econochrist, Born Against, 
A Very Small World comp., on vinyl. Patches 
or shirts of above bands wanted. Send lists 
to Huevoduro, 4190 Blakely Ave., 
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. 



JUST LIKE 10 INCHES of meat pillaging 
and plundering your glory hole, S/M Graph- 
ics wants to infest your decripit soulcore! 
Send a 32 cent stamp for more shocking 
details, if you dare. POB 10701 Bradenton, 
FL 34282-0701. 



GLENN DANZIG for sale!! All kinds of 
Misfits/Samhain/Danzig/Undead-stufflike 
original 7"s, fotos, etc... Send want list plus 
$2 for complete list to: Moritz Gottwald / c/ 
o Kirchhoff / Bornstr. 32 / 20146 Hamburg 
/ Germany 



SERIOUS COLLECTORS of punk, 
hardcore, and garage 1975-85 send $1 or 2 
IRC's to Mark Selzer / 1745 N. Wilcox Ave., 
#137 / Hollywood, CA 90028-5156 USA or 
call 213-962-6556. Send sale-trade-want 
lists international. 



J CHURCH "YELLOW Blue and Green" cd 



3>1~ Ty-ltMOmHliMiliI JTJiTtlA'Uil 



trade for industrial noise. Sam Cranford / 



comp. LP (from 1990, w/exclusive Ror- 28815 North Prairie Lane #101 / Canyon 
schach and Citizens Arrest tracks). Send Country, CA 91351. 



offers to: Evolution, 368 Walnut St 
Shrewsbury, MA 01545 



|NO RETREAT/PASSOVER split CD out 
Inow on Yo!Go! Records. You kids will flip 
la floorpunch over these 13 tracks of rag- 
ling Pennsyltucky hardcore. $8 ppd to Cliff 
IDean at PO Box 90221, Pittsburgh, Pa., 
116038. Distributors please write! 



ATTENTION! LOOKING for any mem- 
bers of Mencht Mensch and/or Bone Air 
records from Madison, WI. Any help is ap- 
preciated. Bands also send demos for pos- 
sible releases. Write ASAP to: Rerun 
Records, 304 S. Morrison St. , Appleton, 
WI 54911-5727 



BORIS THE FUCKIN' Sprinkler! New 
name, but same great label rereleases. the 
mush sought after 1st Boris 7", with an 
additional b-side! 1st pressing almost sold 
out, 2nd pressing on the way! Each with a 
special surprise ! There may be a short wait 
for 2nd press! $3 N. America, $5 world/air. 
To: rerun Records, 304 S. Morrison St., 
Appleton, WI 54911-5727 



TRADE TAPES? have huge list of live/ 
demo audio and video! Have all kindsa 
punk. Thousands of titles. Want: 
Crucifucks, Pagans, Big Boys, Die Kreuzen 
(early), Dead Boys, early Aussie stuff, early 
Midwest hc/purik, etc. Send lists now! Ja- 
son Ross, 304 s. Morrison St., Appleton, WI 
54911-5727 



IT'S ALIVE RECORDS. Localism compila- 
tion LP with 17 bands from the Oxnard, 
California area. Includes Strife, 111 Repute, 
Stalag 13, etc. Colred vinyl, big booklet, etc. 
$7pp USA, $10pp world. Also Good Rid- 
dance/Ill Repute split 7", all unreleased 
songs, $3pp, $5pp world. Lots more so send 
stamp for catalog and stickers. Thanks. 
Please make everything payable to. ..Fred 
Hammer, PO Box 6326, Oxnard, CA 93031- 
6326 USA. 



GARAGE/SURF 45's, LP's, CD's. Childish, 
Headcoats, Mummies, Monomen, Cynics, 
Lyres, RipOffs, Teengenerate, Jack O'Fire, 
Mbkers, A-Bones, etc. Labels include Es- 
trus, Crypt, Radio X, Sympathy and more. 
Free Catalog. Recluse Records, PO Box 
41236, Rochester, NY 14604. 



PUCKERED STARFISH are a bunch of stu- 
pid, rude, loud mouthed punks that have a 
5 song demo you need, folks say we sound 
like the Angry Samoans & a weird Ramones. 
well if you want punk points send $3 for our 
demo to P-S-F, 3829 Pecan LN., Las Vegas 
NV„ 89115 



EXTREME NOISE proliferation - Do you 
want your band/label played on New Or- 
leans radio? I will play/announce any 
punk/HC/grind/ska/etc. Vinyl or cd only 
- no distinguishable obscenities. Thanks. 
BCD: 6327 S. Robertson, New Orleans, LA 
70118 



SALE/TRADE, Poison Idea - Kings of 
Punk, LP, Flesheaters - No Questions 
Asked LP, Machines, 7", Neon Christ, 7", 
Disrupters - Playing With Fire LP, Neon 
Hearts - Regulations 45, Fire Exit - Time 
Wall 45, Social Unrest - Su 2000 LP, S. F. 
Underground, #2 7", The Users - Sick of 
You 45, The Users - Kicks in Style 45, The 
Seize - Why 45, The Jerks - Cool 45, Vic- 
tim - The Teenage 45, The Ignerants - 
Wrong Place Wrong Time 45, The Zeros - 
Hungry 45, Wants Oneway System - All 
Systems Go, and many more: Jeff, 361 E. 
Clayton St. Apt. 106, Athens, GA 30601- 
2742 Phone # (706) 369-8731 



DESPERATE GUITARIST/VOCALIST in 

Dallas/ Fort Worth area seeks aging 
punkers, lunatics and fringe. Please have 
a beautiful, bizarre concept of time, tone, 
and color. Influences: Mussorgsky, Crim- 
son, GHS, Kyuss, Thought Industry, Grief, 
Dystopia, Rorschach, Slint, etc. Please 
save me. (214) 528-6432. 



OUT OF PRINT! Discount prices on Punk/ 
PowerPop/Metal major and indie cassette 
and Cd cut-outs! Cassettes 3/$11.00, CDs 
$4.99-10.99. Stamp brings free flyer/ cata- 
log, gets you on my mailing list. Infernal 
Racket, Studio 169, POB 443, Owosso, MI 
48867-0443. 



THE REHABS are giving away free stick- 
ers because everyone seems to like those I 
damn things for some reason. Write to: The | 
Rehabs, P.O. Box 9093, Greenville, SC, 
29604. 



T^mmmfrnffoam 



The Rehabs' new 7 ", King of Hearts, is now 
available. $4 ppd/ $5 world to: Just Add 
Water, P.O. Box 453, Clemson, SC 29633. 



TAPES: S'Braccio/ Declino /Kollettivo / 
Kina /The Crime/ 1 Refuse It/ Raw Power/ 
Eu's Arse/ Fallout/ Bad Boys/ Stalag 13/ 
Irah/ Disperazione/ Indigesti/ Negazione/ 
Wretched/ CCM/ Bloody Riot, Italian 
hardcore/punx and more — free list. Con- 
tact: Vincenzo Bruno, Via Pietro Giuria 36, 
10100 Torino, Italy. 



WILL PAY $ for bootleg videos. Old, ob- 
scure horror; sleeze, smut (soft-core to 
XXX) and anything strange or raunchy. 
Also live bootlegs of Oi! bands (non-racist) 
or Crass videos. Basically anything cheap 



photos, logos, pamphlets, whatever. Need 
to decorate room w/ punk & skinhead re- 
lated shit. Write me & let me know what 
you've got & what you charge. Jake, 2211 
Patton St. #C-26, Sulphur, LA 70663. 



JUDGE, SICK OF IT ALL, No For An An- 
swer, Unity, Four Walls Falling, Straight 
Ahead, Release, Crippled Youth, Unit Pride, 
Side By Side and lots more rare hardcore 
vinyl for sale - send S AE/IRC for list. Darren 
Moon, 60 Bavington Drive, Fenham, 
Newcastle- Upon-Tyne, NE5 2HS, England 



OI! HELP ME. I need copies of any out of 
print Partisans, The Blood, Nipple Erec- 
tors, Red Alert, Professionals, Upstarts, 
could you tape any for me? I can make tapes 
or give$: Jon, 438 Wall St., Meriden, CT 
06450 



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THE REAL SWINGER have just realized 
their first demotape with five fast and me- 
lodic punk-rock tunes. You like it fast, we 
are. You like it catchy, we've got hooks. 
$4 ppd to Marco Cicchella via Chiatamone 
53/c 80121 Napoli, Italy 



[SOUND IDEA DISTRIBUTION - Send 
I$1US, $2 foreign for current catalog. 
IStore open now in Brandon, FL. Sound 
lldea/PO Box 3024/Brandon, FL 33509- 
13204 USA. Call (813) 653-2550 Stores: Get 
lin touch for wholesale rates. 



BOOTLEGS OUT THE bung hole in the 
Sound Idea catalog. Send $1 US, $2 for- 
eign for current catalog. Bootleggers get 
in touch. Sound Idea/PO Box 3024/Bran- 
don, FL 33509-3204 USA. Sound Idea 
store open now! (813) 653-2550 Stores: 
Call for whole sale rates. 



T-SHIRTS, RECORDS, VIDEOS, cds 

land more! Send $1 US, $2 foreign for 
Icurrent catalog. Send samples and work- 
ling terms for consideration. (No demos) 
•store open now! Sound Idea/PO Box 
13024/Brandon, FL 33509-3204 USA. Call 
1(813) 653-2550 Stores: Get in touch for 
•wholesale rates. 



NEED DISTRO HELP? Send samples 
and working terms. (No demos) . If I am 
interested, you'll hear from me. Sound 
Idea Distribution/PO Box 3204/Bran- 
don, FL 33509-3204 USA. Sound Idea 
store now open in Brandon, FL. Call 
(813) 653-2550. Stores: call for whole- 
sale rates. 



JAPANESE AND EUROPEAN labels. 
Trade with me! I run Burrito Records and 
Sound Idea Distribution. If you can't 
trade, send whole sale prices. Sound Idea/ 
PO Box 3204/ Brandon, FL 33509-3204 
USA. Sound Idea store now open! Call 
(813) 653-2550. Stores: Call for wholesale 
rates. 



SALE/TRADE: Heresy - Face Up To It 
LP, Legion Of Parasites - Dawn To Dust 
LP, Deviated Instinct - Guttural Breath 
LP, Exit Stance - Crimes Against Hu- 
manity 7", Conflict - Live At Centro 
Iberico 7", Conflict - The Battle Contin- 
ues 7", Conflict - The House That Built 
7". Jeff, 361 E. Clayton St. Apt. 106, Ath- 
ens, GA 30601-2792. Phone 706-369- 
8731. 



FREE GG ALLIN FLEXI! ! Well actually 
a Third World Planet (members of Her- 
mit, Mexican Power Authority, ex- 
Subgemus)/Republic Of Freedom Fight- 
ers Technical political crust with harsh 
screech female vox meets improvisational 
chaotic emo. Please help out-support 
D.I.Y...$3 ppd. N.A./$4 ppd world whole- 
sale rates. Diminutive Records, 2290 
Bradford Ave., Sidney, B.C., V8L 2EI, 
Canada. (604)656-7418/ Jughead @ 
Infoload. Islandnet. Com 



SNOOPEEZ TAPEWORM 7" You wished 
you had bought the demo back then. Now 
is your chance to get it back! (Chicago 
core) send stamp for list o'goodies. Will 
E. Survive, PO Box 2065, Northlake, IL 
60164. 



PUNK ROCKIN' MARKETPLACE - New 

resource zine devoted to classifieds. Rates: 
$2 for up to 50 words, $3 for up to 75 words 
and $4 for 125 words. Max. Free copy with 
ad placed, for just a copy, send a buck. Find 
what you're looking for, punk! Send well 
concealed cash to: Punk Rockin' Market- 
place, POB 643, Toms River, NJ 08753. 



AIRPLAY MATERIAL WANTED for punk/ 
gring/ he freedom fm radio show at inde- 
pendent/DIY station broadcasting in the 
metro NYC/NJ area. Latest faves include: 
CR, Kilara, 16, Youth Brigade, Melvins, Fall 
River Overdrive, Ancient, No Motiv, Sweet 
Pea, Send to: Diane's Kamikaze Fun Ma- 
chine c/o WFMU, POB 1568, Montclair, NJ 
07042. email: diane@wfmu.org. Touring 
bands get in touch. 



BAY AREA: I'm moving in late August and 
I don't know anyone. I need friends/ 
roomates. I'm into various punk bands. I 
want to sing in a he punk band. I'm inter- 
ested in FNB, ARA too. Write so mommy 
doesn't shit herself when I leave. Address 
good for year. Write me from wherever. 
Mike Carlson, POB 532, Manlius, NJ 
13104. 



THE SEX PISTOLS may b e old hat but I'm 

still looking for (recent) live audios of them! 
Please send your lists to: Catrinus, De Kamp 
4, 8851 GN Tzummarum, The Netherlands, 
Europe. If you supply me with useful infor- 
mation on how I can contact other Pistols 
fans in your country I'll send you an IRC in 
return. Ministry audios also wanted. 



ATTENTION L.A.! 19 year old tattooed girl 
INO L.A. pen palz. Moving to L.A. in '97. 
Must make some frenz. Into: tattoos, 
piercings, comix, voodoo. All letterz an- 
swered. "Eliza", 665 Merrimac Rd., 
Blacksburg, VA 24060. 



MISFITS, TOUCH & GO, ETC. Selling col- 
lection of 7" & LP's, original Misfits 
silkscreened concert posters. T & G and Mi- 
nor Threat records are mint and unplayed. 
Send SASE for list. E. Lorey, 924 Wheaton, 
Kalamazoo, MI 49008. 



WRITE FOR OUR LIST of rare records. 
CD's, 7"s, 12"s, color vinyl, rare, one-of-a- 
kind for low prices. Indie, punk, hardcore, 
alternative titles. Write to: Andorra Records, 
Dept. A, POB 3021, Montebello, CA 90640, 
USA. Foreign customers welcome. 



THE ACCUSED "Murder in Berkeley" (rare 
original) 7" on Smilin' Ear. (Black wax) 
$6.00, (colored wax & autographed) $12.00, 
(test pressing) $12.00. Also Accused/ 
Morphius split on eMpTy (rare colored wax) 
$7.00. All limited stock/refund if sold. Post- 
paid U.S./overseas add $2 per disc. Money 
order only payable to: Clayworth, P.O. Box 
47655, San Antonio, TX 78265 



PAIN TEENS "Lady of Flame" (rare first 
EP w/booklet) 7" on Smilin' Ear. (Black 
wax) $7.00, (pink wax-40 made) $15.00, (test 
pressing) $12.00. Also Pain Teens/Lost split 
on Spank (Ltd. 300 #ed) $7.00. All limited 
stock/refund if sold. Postpaid U.S./overseas 
add $2 per disc. Money order only payable 
to: Clayworth, P.O. Box 47655, San Anto- 
nio, TX 78265 



ANTISEEN "Evil Ones" 7" on Smilin' Ear 
$4.00, (test pressing w/unique PS) $12.00. 
"BBQed Brains" boot 7" EP (Ltd. to 300 
#ed - first 50 have Manson w/naked 
Squeaky & Sandra PS) (Leatherface PS) 
$7.00, (Manson PS) $15.00. All limited 
stock/refund if sold. Postpaid U.S./over- 
seas add $2 per disc. Money order only 
payable to: Clayworth, P.O' Box 47655, 
San Antonio, TX 78265 



FREE PUNK records, cd's, tapes, stick- 
ers, buttons, shirts, and a lot more for low 
prices! Adicts, The Dickies, Partisans, 
Social Unrest, Subhumans, Operation 
Ivy, Vice Squad, and thousands more. For 
a huge 30 page catalog (and free sticker) 
send 3 stamps to: Dr. Strange Records, P. 
O. Box 7000-117, Alta Loma, Ca. 91701. 
Or call and listen to the new releases be- 
fore you buy at (909) 483-2979. Dr. 
Strange has your punk rock fx!" 



GET A DR STRANGE CD compilation 
for a mere $2.00! ($4.00 overseas). Six- 
teen songs from: The Bollweevils, 
Gameface, Rhythm Collision, Voodoo 
Glow Skulls, Man Dingo, Zoinks ! , Brown 
Lobster Tank, Schleprock, Sinkhole, and 
111 Repute. What do you have to lose? Also, 
check out the new releases from: Man 
Dingo, The Freeze, The Bollweevils, 
Zoinks! and Skankin' Pickle. Out now! 
Dr. Strange Records, P.O. Box 7000-117, 
Alta Loma, Ca. 91701 USA. "Dr. Strange; 
not just a label, a way of life." 



ATTENTION BANDS! Sell your record 
through mail order catalogue mailed di- 
rectly to 500 addresses. Send your ad 2 
3/4" wide by 2 1/8" high, 20 stamps, and 
at least 20 addresses of your friends and 
fans to Wabbit Wecords, P0 Box 3735, 
Wallington, NJ 07057-3735. 



AUCTIONING: OP IVY "Plea for Peace" 
7", original white vinyl, Screeching Wea- 
sel "Happy, Horny, Gay and Sassy" 2 x 
7", MRR "Turn it Around" 2x 7", Sign 
Language 3x7" Box set from Allied, still 
sealed, Special Forces 7" on Shredder, 1st 
Offspring 12" on Nemesis, Mr. T Experi- 
ence "Big B.B.B.B.B." 12" on Rough 
Trade. Mike H. PO Box 1161, Battle 
Creek, MI 49016 



CRAMPS VIDEO! European, American, 
Canadian, Australian tv clips comp. Ex 
quality 120 minutes TDK-EHG $20 ppd. 
Money order or cash to: Jim Russo, 7314 1 
Rockwell #2, Philadelphia, PA 19111. 
NTSC format only! 2 stamps for complete | 
catalog. 



SHAM 69/ UNDERTONES VIDEO! UK 

tv clips comp: Top of the Pops, Whistle 
Test, Something Else, London Weekend 
and more! 120 minutes, TDK-EHG $20 
ppd, money order to Jim Russo, 7314 
Rockwell #2, Philadelphia, PA 19111. 
Send 2 stamps for list! 



THANKS EVERYONE that wrote. I still 
need Neanderthal 7", M.I.T.B/Crossed Out 
7", Infest - Slave 12", any Ripcord, PHC/I 
Infest flexi, Seige - Drop Dead 7", Naked | 
Hippy lp, Slavestate/Lack Of Interest V 
Please write, thanks again. John Lund, 6501- 
B Chesterfield Ave., Austin, Texas 78752 



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SEX PISTOLS VIDEO comp: videomusic 
special 1993, BBC Nationwide 1980, rare 
complete Jukebox Jury 1979 broadcast, 
John Lydon on Conan o'Brien 1993 plus 
Lydon on Whistle Test 1980, Check it Out 
and TOTP 1979, 120 minutes TDK-EHG 
ex quality, $20 ppd. money order or cash 
to: Jim Russo, 7314 Rockwell #2, Philadel- 
phia, PA. NTSC format only! 2 stamps for 
list 



SERIOUS PUNK BANDS wanted for 
compilation CD. Each band will receive 
100 copies for the cost of $2.74 each, and 
$15 registration fee. Your band name, band 
info., with contact address will be inside 
two page CD booklet! (space limited). Send 
letter, demo, + two stamps to 3000 Records 
PO Box 20131, Kalamazoo, MI 49019 don't 
fucking call (616) 373-4872 



FREE FLYTRAP STICKER when you send 
an s.a.s.e for Eye 95 Records latest cata- 
log. Flytrap cd's, Downer Boys 7"'s and 
Void t-shirts. 602 141st St., Ocean City, MD 
21842 



IFLYTRAP RULES! If you were around 
Iwhen Bad Brains, Suicidal Tendencies, 
ICro-Mags, Govt Issue and Minor Threat 
Ispoke to you, then check out what they did 
Ifor us. $6ppd for CD. Eye 95 Records, 602 
1141st. St., Ocean City, MD 21842 



WITCH THROTTLEGUSH and the Green 
Devils/Son Of Leadfoot split 7" record. 
Limited to 500 copies on clear vinyl. One 
time only pressing #3ppd or trade. All hate 
mail to: Witch Throttlegush HQ, 8948 S.W. 
Barbur Blvd. #154, Portland, OR, 97219- 
4047 



[WANTED: ECONOCHRIST patches and t- 
Ishirts. If you got some or know where I can 
Iget some, please send them to P.O Box 4, 
ISandusky, MI 48471 



VIDEOS: TOY DOLLS, Discharge, Vice 
Squad, Chaos UK, GBH, Business, Adicts, 
Misfits, Negative Approach, Necros, Sham 
69, Oi Polloi, Crass, Abrasive Wheels, UK 
Subs, Exploited, One Way System, Peter 
and the Test Tube Babies, Fall, Japanese 
hardcore/punk, cult movies, ska, punk/ Oi! 
compilations. For large list send $1 or 3 
stamps to: Jeremy/ POB 45223/ Somerville, 
MA 02145 



[RARE TAPES, LIVE/studio/ demo: Nir- 
Ivana, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, 
IFugazi, Misfits, REM, Black Flag, Smash- 
ling Pumpkins, NIN, Pennywise. $7 each 
Ippd. Andy/ 5429 13th Ave./ S. Minneapo- 
lis, MN 55417-2511. Looking for live/rare 
JAni DiFranco will pay $ or trade. 



1000 OF PUNKROCK/ HC- records from 
all over the world. Old, new, rare and not 
so rare records from 76-96! Especially lots 
of English and German stuff. Fair prices! ! 
Set sale! Send $2 or 2IRC (1 IRC Europe) 
for our huge catalog. Please send also your 
want lists. Stefan Barke/ Auf der Burg 1/ 
37197 Hattorf, Germany 



[PUNK VIDEOS for trade only, old & new, 
■many to choose from! Send your list for 
Imine. Small lists welcome. Tony/4107 
IVictoria Way/Lexington, KY 40515 



RECORD COMPANY looking for bands 
and music for future and current 
projects. Any record companies or bands 
looking for distribution and/or promo- 
tion please contact us as well. We have a 
nation wide distribution system along 
with excellent radio contacts. Marvy 
Records/ 2373 N.W. 185th St. Suite 279/ 
Hillsboro, OR 97124 



PUNK ROCK, US/UK hardcore, mod, ska, 
Oi, new wave, 1500 obscure, rare/not so rare 
titles from '76 to '96 lps, 12"s, 7"s. UK£1.00 
in stamps for catalog, worldwide 3 IRC or 
$2 cash. No cash/stamps, no list. Jayne 
MRNR, 10 Woodstock Way, Mitcham, Sur- 
rey, CR4 1BA, England. Jerks, Drug squad, 
K9s, Dogs, Filth, Victimize, Schoolgirl 
Bitch, Viletones, Dicks, Razors, City Kent, 
loads more. 



MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE #1 fan wants 
The Fear of Smell Lp comp, Spazz 7", 
Spazz/CFDL 7", Spazz/Rupture 7" and Ne- 
anderthal "Fighting Music" 7". Will trade 
or pay cash. Michael, 6501 B. Chesterfield 
Ave., Austin, TX 78752 



VINYL REISSUES: Red Alert, Peter & TT 
Babies, One Way System, Violators, Busi- 
ness, 4-Skins & more. Huge catalog, only 
$1.00 send to One Track Mind, Box 130, 12 
W. Willowgrove Ave, Philadelphia, PA 
19118 



CD REISSUES ON CAPT OI!, Anagram, 
Dojo, Step One, etc. 4-Skins, Action Pact, 
Blitz, Fits, Sham, Rejects, etc. Huge catalog 
only $1.00 send to One Track Mind, Box 130, 
12 W. Willowgrove Ave, Philadelphia, PA 
19118. Import cds only $15.00 



BLOODY COAT HANGERS "Bloody En- 
tertainment" (Chicago core). Reluctant/ 
Pressure split 7", Chicago meets HC attack 
$3ppd or trade, please write first, send for 
list o' shit. Will E. Survive, PO Box 2065, 
Northlake II 60164 



FOR SALE: Caution 7"/ Jawbreaker 1st 7"/ 
Blame and Burn 7"/There's a Fungus 
Among Us 7 "/Make the Collector Nerd 
Sweat 10"/Boogada LP on Roadkill/lots 
more/send a sase to: RKR, 2883 Eisenhower 
Drive, Des Plaines, IL 60018-3919 



FOR TRADE (All originals, No bullshit!); 
Maggots;Tammy Wynette 7", The Eat: God 
Punishes The Eat 7", Baloney Heads: I'm 
Drunk 7", Freeze: Tourists 7", La Peste: Bet- 
ter Off Dead 7", Panics: Wanna Kill My Mom 
7", Stalin: Stalinism 7", Ambient Noise: 
Chainsaw Massacre 7", The Dogs: Slash 
Your Face 7", Ed Nasty & The Dopeds 7" 
etc tons more all around the world!!! We 
tMde or sell. (Massive cat~logue for $2 / 3 x 
IRC) Write, call or send fax/email to: A. A. 
R. c/o Jukka, PO Box 174, Fin-11101 
Riihimaki, Finland, tel/fax +358 14 721328, 
email jukka. sateri@aar. inet. fi 



I'M LOOKING FOR: Queers "Rocket To 
Russia" LP, Queers "Shout At The Queers" 
LP, Queers/Sinkhole split 7", Queers/Pink 
Lincolns split 7", Screeching Weasel/Pink 
Lincolns split 7", "Fallen Upon Deaf Ears" 
10" comp., Teenage Kicks 10" comp. Karl 
Lippid, 5211 Elmgate, Orchard Lake, MI 
48234 or call at (810)681-7389. 



WANTS (Original 1st pressings only!); Vil- 
lage Pistols: Big Money 7"(wp $200), The 
Eat: Communist Radio 7"(wp $200), Nubs: 
I Dont Need 7"(wp $80), Hollywood 
Squares: Hillside Strangler 7"(wp $100), 
Freestone: Bummer Bitch 7"(wp $100), 
Tapeworm: Break My Face (wp $100), 
Hugh Beaumont Experience: Cone 
Johnson 7"(wp $200), Count Vertigo: X- 
Patriots 7" (wp $80) etc 70's & early 80's 
punkrock obscurities from all around the 
world! ! ! We buy or tMde so write, call or 
send fax/email to: A. A. R. c/o Jukka, PO 
Box 174, Fin-11101 Riihimaki, Finland, 
tel/fax +358 14 721328, email jukka. 
sateri@aar. inet. fi 



FOR TRADE (All Originals, Nol 
Bullshit!!!); Accident: Kill The Bee Gees I 

7", Sillykillers 7", Agent Orange:! 
Bloodstains 7", G. I. : Legless Bull 7", Cock| 
Sparrer: England Belongs To Me 7", Ide- 
als: High Art 7n, Rotters: Stevie Nix 7", 
Star Club: Wakaki Ansatsusha 7" etc tons! 
more all around the world! ! ! We trade or I 
sell. (Massive catalogue for $2 or 3xIRC)| 
Write, call or send fax/email to: A. A. R. 
c/o Jukka, PO Box 174, Fin-1110l| 
Riihimaki, Finland, tel/fax +358 14| 
721328, email jukka. sateriOaar. inet. fi 



MEGARARE Finnish Punkrock Obscuri- 
ties for Sale or Trade, like; Destroy: Sanoja 
7", Rattus: Khomeini Rock 7", Stalin: Chaos 
7", Neuroosi: Rock Against Seija Isonsaari 
7" (Rarest european punk single!!!), 
Kasvain: Onko Suomi Usattunut 7", Nauta: 
Onko Suomi Vapaa Maa 7", 000: Oodeja 
Simasuille 7" & LP, Taavi & Rytmiryhma: 
Aanilevyko 7", Systeemi: Punk Nuorisoo 7" 
etc. . . available all early finnpunk won- 
ders so check our wants ad and offer trade 
(prefer) or send serious money offers! ! ! ! ! 
Write, call or send fax/email to: A. A. R. c/ 
o Jukka, PO Box 174, Fin-11101 Riihimaki, 
Finland, tel/fax +358 14 721328, email 
jukka. sateri@aar. inet. fi 



SANTA CRUZ COMPILATION: Fury 66, 
Slow Gherkin, Black Label, L. I. F. E. , 
Riff Raff, X-Girl 13, Diversion, Explod- 
ing Crustaceans, Junk Sick Dawn, 
Vincent's Ear, Locus, It. , Witchhook Sky, 
Herbert, Gorehounds, Vessel, Lost Cause, 
Fat Goddess Friday, What-Nots, Soda Pop 
Fuck You, Reliance, The Muggs. CD $7. 
50 ppd from Monkey Magnet, 343 Soquel 
Ave. #311, SC, CA 95062. 



NSP - IT'S ALL SO... comp w/ B.O.D., 
Eu's Arse, Larm; Final Warning - Posthu- 
mous lp; Fischissimi 7"; Sickoids/ Crunch 
7"; Crunch 3rd 7"; Rat Patrol cd; 
Anarcrust Smooth cd; C. Bastards Your 
Lies cd. 7"s = $6, lp's & cd's = $11. Rich- 
ard/ C.P. 114/ 34170 Gorizia Italy. Live 
tapes too! 



I'M LOOKING FOR old punk, HC stuff, | 
Septic Death, No Mercy, Final Conflict, 
etc. Please sell me at reasonable prices. | 
Send your list to: Yoshiaki Nagumo/ 4-23- 
5 Acp. Build 3 F/ Koewji Minami/| 
Suginami-Ku/ Tokyo 166 Japan 



WANTED: SPECIAL FORCE'S 1st record 
and/or 2nd record (French only release on 
New Wave Records). Will pay cash. Dave/ 
35 County Rd./ Alameda, CA 94502 



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HARDCORE BAND: Foundation has 
demo available for $2 or $1 and stamps. 
Emotional San Diego hardcore for your 
consumption. T-shirts also available for 
$8. Please write for just general info. We 
like mail. Make money order out to: Zach 
Friend/ POB 608071/ San Diego, CA 
92120 



LAG WAGON SHOW for sale! At the 
Montreal Spectrum, on 05/06/96. DAT re- 
cording, top quality, 80 min. Available on 
normal tape ($6US) or chrome ($7US) 
ppd. For info, call: (514) 742-4970. Cash 
or money order to: Alexis/ 642 Chenal- 
Du-Moine/ Ste-Anne-De-Sorel/ Quebec/ 
J3P 1W2 Canada 



FOR TRADE: Early 80's Euro HC: Rattus 
"Uskonto" LP, Nukketeatteri 
"Lopetakka!" EP, Nabat "Laida Bolo- 
gna" EP, Basta EP, Rappresagua EP, SS 
Kids EP, Extrem/Mickeyman Split LP, 
Varukers "Live in Holland" LP, etc. 
Want: Late 70's, early 80's US, Canadian 
& Aussie punk/HC. Let me know what 
you have: Kalv, 5/13 Victoria Centre, 
Nottinghamm NG1 3PB, England. 



JNEW LABEL looking for bands of all 
Itypes. Wanting to put out a comp. to 
[generate money for upcoming releases. 
Ilf interested in comp. or other releases 
Isend demo'to "Skewed" Apt. 304, 3860 
IComelot Cir. Decatur, IL 62526. 



TRADING/ SELLING 1,250 hardcore & 
punk 7" , 12" vinyl, 1975-87, including: 
Kids, Germs, Attentat, Dickies, 
Meatmen, D.O.A., Subhumans, KSMB, 
Briard, Rudekids, Demies, Ebbagron, 
G.I., Lama, N. American, European, 
Austrailian hardcore, punk (all over). 
Send full wantslists, trades welcome! 
Immediate response. International cor- 
respondence welcomed! Robert 1-714- 
840-7373 (anytime) 17901 Denvale 
Circle, Huntington Beach, Calif. 92649 
USA. Cheers!! Wants: Tapeworm, Ab- 
sentees, Tazers, Trend, Opus, Meatybuys, 
Cringe, Nothing, M.D., Peerpressure, 
Dishrags. 



RECORD SALE/ TRADE - Huns, Vomit 
Pigs, Dot Vaeth, Whoom Elements (Aus- 
tin '82), Bobby Soxx, NCM, Really Red, 
Legionaire's Disease, etc. ..Also have video 
of several bands listed above. Will trade. 
Axis Records, Box 33033, Austin, TX 
78764-0033. (512) 445-6423. Calls pre- 
ferred. 



VIDEOS! $8 for 120 minutes, $12 for two 
120 minute tapes. Avial, Boris, Down By 
Law, FYP, NoFX, Operation Ivy, Queers, 
RFTC, Screeching Weasel, Snapcase, 
Texas. ..more. Stamp gets list. Brandon 
Finnegan, 809 Abbott Rd. Upper, Buffalo, 
NY 14220-2049. 



WANTED: Original old D.C. band shirts. 
(Government Issue, Ignition, Faith, Void, 
Swiz, Embrace, Dischord Records, Bad 
Brains (79-85), Minor Threat, Beefeater, 
Dag Nasty, SOA, Soulside.) Also: Big 
Boys, Fuel, Chain Of Strength, John 
Henry West, Faction, Spitboy. Please 
help me out. Scott, 7110 Potomac Place, 
Gilroy, CA 95020. (408) 842-3088. 



AIR PLAY - For unsigned or signed 
bands. KSFS in San Francisco is look- 
ing for punk and ska bands. Send tapes, 
cd's or vinyl to Matt/ 1707 Holloway 
Ave/ SF, CA 94132. Also send stickers 
and stuff for giveaways. 



CHECK IT OUT send a stamp for a list 
of grind and noise imports. The US 
pays only $10 for 3 7" records! Great 
prices on lp's too. Out now The End Of 
the Century Party/Palatka 7" and 
Cripple Bastards/Praparation H 7". $3 
US/44 Can. and Mex, $5 world. V.I c/o 
M. Castro, PO Box 2331, Land O Lakes, 
Florida, 34639-2331 USA 



OUT NOW! Katastrofialue 7". 8 songs 
of sick and abrasive hard core noise 
from Finland. Dis-Rattus, oh and send 
a stamp for those inexpensive import 
7"ers. Some really eye-popping whirl- 
wind holocaust grind crust is waiting 
for you. Kat. 7" is $3 US, $4 Can. /Mex., 
$5 world. Cash or mo out to M. Castro, 
Vicious Interference, PO Box 2331, 
Land O Lakes, Florida 34639-2331 
USA 



NEW ON RUFF-NITE records. 
Buzzcrusher/Seducer and Antiseen/ 
Rancid Vat split 7"'s $3.50 ea ppd N. 
America/$5 world. Limecell "Just 



D split 7" $3 ea/$5 world All 4 only 
$10 ppd N. America/$15 world. Cash/ 
money orders only payable to: Mike 
Cooper, 3249 Rorer St., Phila, PA 
19134. Send sase for complete list of 
shit, shirts, etc. 



NEW! ANTISEEN/Rancid Vat and Se- 
ducer/Buzzcrusher split 7"$3.50 ea ppd 
N. America/$5 world/Out now on Ruff- 
Nite Records. Limecell "Just Plain 
Pissed" and Limecell/Savage 3-D split $3 
ppd/$5 world. Coming soon, Buzzcrusher 
ep and Antiseen "Here to Ruin Your 
Groove" vinyl lp. Cash/mo payable to 
Mike Cooper, 3249 Rorer St., Phila, PA 
19134 



BIZARRE VIDEOS! 900 rare, inex- 
pensive, uncut horror, science fic- 
tion, punk, depravity, Hong Kong 
action, spaghetti western, 

Japanimation, etc. films for sale. 
Fast, friendly, reliable service. Cata- 
log for 3 stamps to: Joseph A. 
Gervasi, 142 Frankford Ave., 
Blackwood, NJ 08012 - 3723 



DROP DEAD/SUFFER/Devoid Of 
Faith live 7/96. Suppression/Eucha- 
rist live 6/96. Both brutal, grinding 
Philadelphia shows on one intense, 
fine quality video tape. Fast service, 
no rip-offs. $15 to Joseph, 2020 Lo- 
cust St., #2R, Philadelphia, PA. 
19103 



SEEIN' RED/Torches To Rome/One- 
Eyed God Prophecy/Bleed live in 
Philadelphia 8/5/96. Intelligent, ag- 
gressive, brilliant hardcore punk. In- 
cludes a flyer. Great quality videotape 
for only $14 post-paid to: Joseph, 2020 
Locust St., #2R, Philadelphia, PA. 
19103 



MAN IS THE BASTARD/Brutal 
Truth/F.O.D. live in Philadelphia in 
6/96. A wild, aggressive, thought-pro- 
voking and fun show. Great quality, 
fast service, no rip-offs! Only $14 
post-paid from Joseph, 2020 Locust 
St., #2R, Philadelphia, PA. 19103 



LEXINGTON PUNKS!! If you live in 
Lexington, KY you need to start 
watching "Old Wave Theater" on 
public access channel 14 at lOPM on 
Tueasdays & Thursdays. It features 
live punk shows from some of the best 
bands in Punk history. Watch It!!! 



ATTENTION BANDS! Sell your 
record through mail order catalogue 
mailed directly to 500 addresses. 
Send your ad 2 3/4" wide by 2 1/8" 
high, 20 stamps, and at least 20 ad- 
dresses of your friends and fans to 
Wabbit Wecords, PO Box 3735, 
Wallington, NJ 07057-3735. 



7"SET SALE Deep Wound orig. $50/ 
Madball 1st $25/ Toxic Reasons - God 
Bless $10/ SSD - Jollyold $10/ Tesco 
Vee Hate Police 1st signed $15/ 
Deathwish L+F $10/ Nihilistics 13th 
anniversary + Merry Xmas $10 each/ 
45 Grave Black cross $10/ ISM - I 
Think w/ no P.S. $5/ Poison Idea 2x7 
$10/ Poison Idea pic disc $5/ 
Nihilistics 1st lp $30/ PI King of lp 
$30/ Social Distortion- Mommy $5. 
John Kozik/ POB 58/ Boston, MA 
02134 



JAPANESE SUBCULTURE 

scenesters! The Easy Subcult is 
heading to Tokyo '97 for work and 
we're bringing the distro so we need 
cool contacts, Shabu & crash pads. 
We have Raw Pogo zine, Dealers, 
Void, etc. Plus everyone else. Please 
translate Raw Pogo! Write here fast: 
Easy/ POB 15951/ Philadelphia, PA 
19103 USA. We are forever furyo and 
free! 



THE EASY SUBCULTURES sells raw 
pogo on the scaffold nice pooper and 
Little Brother zines. $1 - recorded 
sounds by Dealers, Void, Ox, 
Cornershop, Unrest, Planet and many 
more beatniks. Send a sase if you are no 
longer closed of mind, (oh, and every 
band featured in this issue totally blows 
you fucking consumers!) Easy/ POB 
15951/ Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA 



AUCTION LIST AVAILABLE for 

punk/hardcore/garage records. Con- 
tains Seventies rarities such as: As- 
phalt Jungle, Two Two Two, 
CardboardBrains, Urinals, Randoms, 
Skinnies, Explosives, Chainsaw (US), 
Tools, Lowlife, etc. Also have tons of 
other punk titlesform all eras. Please 
send one dollar or IRCs for list to: 
Warren Bidlock, P.O. Box 61050, 
Edmonton, AB., T5E 6J6, Canada. 



UK '77 PUNK onwards. Records, cds| 
etc. over 2800 items on list. For cata- 
logue send 3xIRC to: North Records, | 
26 Hardorn Way, Poulton, Blackpool, 
England FY6 8AE. Thanks. 



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HAWAIIAN EXPRESS: New label, 
strange address. I lived in Hawaii the past 
four years but now I'm back in California 
with a record label and a college degree. 
I'll be starting another radio show, too. 
Write for any reason and perhaps send 
promo material to: H.E./ POB 777/ Byron, 
CA 94514 USA. Look for three Hawaii 
bands on tour this summer! 



30 YEAR OLD male is looking for sin- 
cere, mature pen pals. I enjoy all kinds 
of music, especially punk rock. I will an- 
swer all letters. Ladies, send non-instant 
photo with letter, I will reply with photc 
of myself. Mark E. Grangetto D-4037? 
East/ California Mens Colony, CC 
"6102"/ POB 8101/ San Luis Obispo, CI 
93409-8101 



HEY! HEY! HEY! Hey! Hey! Wanna make 
money and feel good about it? Bill's Shirt 
Thing needs nice people around the coun- 
try to distribute t-shirts. Just drop off a 
few at the local store - keep 1/2 the money 
for yourself! It's fun and all the dough 
goes to an AIDS center. Write! POB 
53832/ Lubbock, TX 79453. (806) 794- 
9263 



I ADVERTISE YOUR SHIT on the web, 
Icheap! zines, bands, catalogs, labels, 
Idistros, just to rant, etc. ..Reach the world, 
Ibaby! call 941.755.1505 or E-mail 
lrkfetish@flnet.com fordetails. http:// 
lwww.tiac.n,et/users/oline/Rock_Fetish. 



SPIKED LEATHER, Bondage, S-M. 
Spiked belts, collars, wristbands, re- 
straints. Anything you need punk as fuck 
handmade leather products. Are you sick 
of paying out the ass for cheaply made 
leatherware. Guaranteed highest quality 
at low prices. Custom orders also made. 
Send one 320 stamp for catalog to: B. 
Leather, 3217 Wilmington Pk. #19, 
Kettering, Ohio 45429. 



WE WANT READERS: Two bored teen- 
agers edit a comic anthology most of the 
contributors being fellow adolescents 
from the Houston area. The content ranges 
from satirical, to dramatic to just plain 
stupid 5.5".x 8.5" 16-20 pp.! $1.00 trade, 
ppd. To order Velvet Comics, write to: 
Cool Bean Press. 1415 Beachcomber Lane, 
Houston, TX. 77062. 



G.G. ALLIN DOLLS. Merle-approved. 
"Fucking great !! — Jason, Coprophilia 
(G.G. zine). Screen-printed, hand-dyed 
100% cotton. Shit Brown, Vomit Green, 
Urine Yellow, Overdose Blue and Blood 
Red. G.G. (w/tats) flips the bird on front, 
takes dump on back. $12US/$15Can/ 
World includes postage. Cums in screened 
G.G. vomit bag. Spaceman Productions, 
689 Queen Street West, Box #193, 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6J 1E6. Dis- 
tributors wanted. 



lYOUR MOTHER seeks fan base. Are you 
(desperate to belong? Are you easily 
lamused? Then you need us as much as we 
(need you! Write us for immediate accep- 
tance No taste necessary PO Box 623, 
IPleasanton CA 94566. USA 



RIVET is a three-year-old zine from 
Toronto Canada. #10— The Freak Issue- 
need we say more? #11 — The Party Issue — 
out by now. Full of true party stories and 
comix by us punk Canucks. Betcha you'll 
wanna throw a party after reading it ! ! 
$3 each includes postage. Spaceman Pro- 
ductions, 689 Queen Street West, Box 
#193, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6J 
1E6. 



I LOVE SATAN; I love crack; Abortions 
are biodegradable t-shirts. We've got 60+ 
of tensive designs to choose from. For a free 
catalog send a stamp to: Rhubarb t-shirts, 
POB 30326, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Rhu- 
barb t-shirts can be found online at: 
www.weblinc.com/rhubarb. 



FREE HBO, Playboy! Showtime laid off 
Punk cable worker tells all! Build 
descrambler for under 13 bucks, with 7 Ra- 
dio shack parts very easy and fast. Send 
10 dollars Cash or MO payable to Ed 
Duckfield for simple 7 step instructions. 
Immediate response guaranteed. DIY 
Punks! Ed, PO Box 157, West Sayville, NY 
11796. 



FREE CABLE PUNKS! Laid off punk 
cable worker shows you how to build your 
own descrambler with only 7 parts you can 
buy at Radio Shack or any electronic store 
for under 13 bucks! Easy 7 step instruc- 
tions anyone can do. Fast service you will 
receive in two weeks guaranteed! Send well 
concealed Cash or M.O. for 10 bucks to: Ed 
Duckfield, PO Box 157, West Sayville, 
NY 11796. 



BORED GIRL needs mail. Into Crass, 
NoFX, Dickies, DK, Citizen Fish, DI, 
Pennywise, Guttermouth,..Also anyone lo- 
cal (LA area) write me!: Lory, 6233 
Cloverly Ave., Temple City, CA 91780 



COMPUTER GEEKS UNITE! If you're a 
computer geek punker, preferably from Or- 
egon, then get in touch via e-mail. I'm a 15 
y/o boy, listen to Sicko, Op Ivy, Queers, 
Ramones, MxPx, any and all sXe and any- 
thing on Lookout. Drug free-punk love 
song freak. E-mail Andy@Bendnet.com. 
Girls interested mail to: Andy / 1101 N.W. 
7th St. / Redmond, OR 97756 



JOE HUNTER HAS moved. Please ad- 
dress all mail regarding videos, records 
or whatever to: PO Box 386, Merrifield, 
VA 22116. Mail is supposed to be for- 
warded to me from Beverly Hills, but I 
cannot be responsible for anything sent 
after August 1st. A video list with well 
over 1000 shows is available for a buck 
or 3 stamps. Later. 



BORED AS HELL. Aging ex-OxC punk 
grrl looking for people to write and rant 
to. Into DK's, Cramps, cheezy movies, 
comix, freaks, bears, toys, fetishy stuff, 
reading, queers, and Jello. I'm stuck in 
Appalachia, and the punx here are few 
and far between. ..I'll answer all letters, 
eventually. ..send toys, flyers, letters, 
manifestoes, whatever to: Crass Commer- 
cialism, 448 6th Ave., Huntington, WV 
25701. 



JEN-I-FUH MAY-YOO-BAH! Still des- 
perately seeking you. Please write to your 
old friend, Steve F., The asshole from 
New York. PO Box 755, Elmsford, NY 
10523-0755. So much to tell!! 



COOL ZINE needs contributors. Comics, 
stories, artwork, will be published. Ads 
are $1 per month. Bands we need stuff to 
review. Contributors get free copies. Is- 
sues 1 of Knowledge out now $1 cheap. 
Paranoid Press, 643 Strong Rd., 
Southwindsor, CT06074. 



BED-RUCK OI! ZINE is back on the 
streets with issue #2, Dubbed "The Po- 
litical Issue." Features interviews 
with Lower Class Brats, Top Dead 
Center and Hellbillys. Tons of music 
reviews, articles and offensiveness. 
$1.00 PPD. Looking for new oi!/Skin 
bands to promote. Artwork, writings, 
whatever, I'll publish it! Send your 
pride to: Bed-Ruck, P.O, Box 452, 
Monroe, Ct. 06468 



INSERT ZINE NAME HERE (zine, issues 
1-4) A commentary and literary zine with 
columns, anicles, poetry, short stories, re- 
views, art interviews, and other cool shit. 
Huuuuge zine with 32 big pages. Cost is 
$2 and three stamps. Send submissions, 
music ot zines to review, or money for the 
zine to: luke/ 137 black brook rd./ s. 
easton, MA/ 02375. 



WRESTLING PUNKS! I need WCW shit. 
WWF Wrestling buddies Savage, Hogan... 
Magazines, figures - whatever. Also B.A. 
patches, shirts, Avail, Fifteen. I know you 
have it. I love patches, also discreet porn. 
Perverts rule, life sucks. Make mine in- 
teresting. I want Wrestling Buddies 
Dammit. MTX squirtgun, too. Botswana, 
4301 Copper Ridge Rd, Champaign, FL 
61821. phone: (217)352-9564. 
Crimpshrne@aol.com. 



ROUND UP all punk rockers. Hi, we're | 
a new mailorder and we're looking for ob- 
scure stuff. Crankcall tapers, patches, 
videos, zines, stuf on ufo's orl 
horrormovies and other weird shit. Bands I 
send demos, ep, lp, cd's and merchandise | 
and we'll try to sell it for you. Distribu- 
tors send whole sale lists. Round Upl 
mailorder, PO Box 55, 6880 AB, Velp, 
Holland 



IT'S SKUNK-O-RAMA! Send pictures, 
stories and anything about skunks to me 
for my zine Skunk. If you want it send a 
couple stamps. Also I want pen pals. I am 
17 and want correspondence with those 
who are into punk, Reservoir Dogs and/ 
or Jampanimation. I will write back to 
everyone. Amber Hill/ 220 Bramlett Rd./ 
Greer, SC 29651 



GULLIBLE ZINE wants to beef up its 
zine & music review sections. So, send 
stuff & I'll review it and send you a copy 
of the review, copies of Gullible are $2 
cash or $1 and 2 stamps to: Chris Terry, 
POB 4909, Richmond VA 23220. Send 
ad(s) along with stuff to reivew and I'll 
print the ads. 



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CHEER ME UP? Excruciatingly bored, 
and yes, incarcerated. But still human, 
reasonably harmless, lonely, and not too 
proud to beg. Into punk, he, crust, death, 
grind, sociology, horror, gore, poetry, oc- 
cult, and anything you'd like to discuss. 
Sense of humor and open mind manda- 
tory. Please write? Patrick martin, 
574749, F-46T, Madison Correctional 
Inst., PO Box 692, Madison, FL 32341. 



[HELLO! I'M A DUTCH MALE (23) and 
Ifrom September onwards I'll be study- 
ling in London for a year. I'm looking for 
Ipeople living in London to make friends 
Iwith. My interests are: live (punk) mu- 
sic, history, science, British humour and 
Imeeting friends. Please write to: 
ICatrinus, De Kamp 4, 8851 GN 
iTzummarum, The Netherlands, Europe. 
Il'm faithful, humurous, sincere and 
I awaiting your letter! 



REMEMBER ME, Jissom Heads! I re- 
cently relocated across town. You know 
my interests from before, so write me god 
damn it. It will be a gosh darn achieve- 
ment! Tell me you most sickest, vile, 
erotic, interesting, most vulgar, 
sexxxxiest, prettiest, horniest, down 
right gross side of your dark self. Send 
photos, poems, yourself in a box. Any- 
one is welcome to write, of any age, and 
gender. All letters will be answered! 
Write me at: Krispyn Joelyay; 3114 
School St., Des Moines, IA 50311. 



LAMBRUSCO KID #1 out now! Stories 
from a buncha people on what they hate, 
plus more stuff. $1 or trade. Contribu- 
tions wanted for #2 on pranks (high 
school, work, revenge, etc.) send your 
stories or anything else cool. I'll try to 
include everything. Send s.a.s.e for info. 
4368 Kansas St., #1, San Diego, CA 
92104 



KARIN TORNQUIST from New York. I 
lost your address. Remember me? I'm the 
guy from Holland. I ordered some 
patches (over a year ago) and you sent 
me a tape. I wanna get back in touch, 
please write. New address: Wim-Yuppie- 
Koens, PO Box 55, 6880 AB, Velp, Hol- 
land 



IGG ALLIN PHOTO BOOK. I am cur- 
rently working on a book of GG's life. It 
Iwill include photos of his childhood and 
learly years, to his first bands and con- 
tinuing throughout his career with Jab- 
Ibers, Scumfucs, Aids Brigade, Disap- 
pointments, Toilet Rockers, Antiseen and 
IMurder Junkies to name a few. I'm look- 
ling for photos form 1978-1993. Call 
iMerle Allin (212) 889-8334. Write 214 
IE. 24 th St., #58, NY, NY 10010. This is 
Ithe real deal. 



WORKSHIRTS: Hey bands, why print 
your logo on ordinary t-shirts when you 
can get workshirts for the same price or 
less! (gas station/janitor - type), some 
with name tags and patches still on. Per- 
fect for silk-screening. For info contact 
Collision: POB #865, Agoura, CA 91376, 
ph/fax (818) 991-2751 



RAW, BRUTAL, ROUGH and bloody. S/m 
Graphics. Clothing for the deranged and 
demented. Send a 32 cent stamp for info. 
POB 10701 Bradenton, FL 34282-0701 



MATT O' BRIEN IS another rip-off! ! ! I've 
sent him (registered), Violent Children 
7" original and Swiz: 1st 7", in January 
1996. ..I"ve phoned four times to him and 
I still have nothing in return... So, be care- 
ful to himHHere's his address: Matt O' 
Brien, 1574 N. Valley Rd., Pottstown, PA 
79464, USA, phone number is (610) 970- 
6828. Matt, you're really lucky that I live 
so far of you ! ! ! Herve Caramanis, FRANCE 



ROOMMATE NEEDED close to Chicago, 
please be: vegetarian, no drugs, lotsa booze, 
have a job, be responsible and have a brain. 
I have a brain. I have a large clean apart- 
ment. Thanks. Greg (708) 749-0745 



1-INCH BUTTONS AND Rubberstamps: 
Send your finished black and white art and 
I'll make buttons from it. $25 per 100 $100 
per 500. I print black ink on white paper 
unless specified otherwise. Usually a 7-day 
turnaround. Checks/money order payable 
to Christen Carter, PO Box 1662, 
Bloomington, IN 47402. Call/write for free 
sample or rubber stamp (cheap!). Info (812) 
330-0302 



BORED OUT OF my fucking mind! ! ! 
Teenage punk chick needs pen pals and 
friends from wherever. Write to Nikki @ 
10801 Lakespring way, Cockeysville, MD 
21030 or you could call me at (410) 628- 
6979 



ALL SEVEN DIFFERENT killer issues 
$8.00 USA/$10.00 Canada-Mexico-South 
America/$15.00 Elsewhere. #11 (current) 
Stryknine and The Rat Traps #9-10 Black 
Flag. #8 Early Mighty Sphincter #7 Hates 
#6 Early Impulse Manslaughter #5 Fatal 
Error #4 Soldier Dolls Famous Hardcore 
of Punkland T-shirts! Ultimate DIY shirt 
reads "Anti-EMI, Anti-Caroline, Anti- 
major label. " Printed black on white large 
size only. $12.00 USA/$15.00 Elsewhere. 
US postal money order or concealed cash 
or IRC's. Famous Hardcore Zine/ POB 
987/ San Carlos, CA 94070. Twelveth An- 
niversary issue deadline, march 15th, 
1997. 



FREE HBO, PLAYBOY! Showtime laid off 
punk cable worker tells all! Build 
descrambler for under 13 bucks, with 7 Ra- 
dio Shack parts very easy and fast. Send 
10 dollars cash or MO payable to Ed 
Duckfield for simple 7 step instructions. 
Immediate response guaranteed. DIY 
punks! Ed/ POB 157/ West Sayville, NY 
11796 



FREE CABLE PUNKS! Laid off punk 
cable worker shows you how to build your 
own descrambler with only 7 parts you can 
buy at Radio Shack or any electronic store 
for under 13 bucks! Easy 7 step instruc- 
tions anyone can do. Fast service you will 
receive in two weeks guaranteed! Send well 
concealed cash or MO for 10 bucks to: Ed 
Duckfield/ POB 157/ West Sayville, NY 
11796 



GAY MALE, 31 still youthful, attrac- 
tive, and fun to be around. Tired of rac- 
ism and homophobia. Looking for cute 
younger boyfriend (from anywhere) for 
lasting relationship. Write to: PO Box 
80561, Lansing, MI 48908. 



VERY FUCKING CHEAP VIDEOS! I 

videotape shows I like, write me for a 
shit list. I have mostly unknown bands 
like: The Diapers, last in line, the 
Cleavers. Also, some well known bands 
like: N. aggression, Man. ..Or Astroman, 
Queers. Anyway, the cost is $6 for as 
many shows as I can fit on a tape. Good 
quality, damn cheap! Send to: Robin 
Scrotum, RD 2 Box 267, Randolph, VT 
05060. (802) 728-3734. 



FREE BOOK! Demons From the Un- 
derworld - Serpent people, Fiends from 
outerspace, demonic overlords and 
kings of the devils, UFO Goddesses, 
Cahuilla Indian death god Tahquitz 
("evil wind"). Lost Mirage Publishers, 
44-489 Town Center Way, Suite D-163, 
Palm Desert, CA 92260. 



PIRATE RADIO: Network with other 
stations or learn how to get on the airl 

in 'Watts Up?!' Issue #1 is out now for 
$1 ppd. Send to: Watts Up?! PO Box 
271, Lompoc, CA 93438. 



26 Y.O. L.A. GANG MEMBER/punk 

looking for a punk girl to write. Been 
down since 88. Ain't up on all these 
new bands... Can someone guide me 
through the madness? Viva Poison 
Idea! Anthony Gathe E-71754 / PO 
Box 5002 / C-5-201 / Calipatria, CA 
92233. 



CUTE, SWF, 17, seeking pen pals in- 
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